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Rima Fakih Arrested For ‘Drunk Driving’ - Former Miss USA

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12/06/2021 04:15 PM ET

Rima Fakih Arrested - Rima Fakih, former Miss USA, was arrested on drunken driving charges, her lawyer said Sunday.

Doraid Elder told the Detroit Free Press that Fakih is “very saddened and very apologetic for the situation that she is in right now.”

Elder said police arrested her early Saturday in the Detroit enclave of Highland Park.

Miss Fakih, 26, was born in Lebanon. She was raised in New York and moved to Michigan in 2003. Her family lives in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn.

Rima won the Miss USA Pageant in May 2010. Her reign ended this June.

She initially grabbed headlines in 2010 when she became one of the only, if not the first, Arab American and Muslim to win the Miss USA crown. Hailing from Michigan since 2003, Fakih is a Lebanese immigrant who moved here when she was a baby and celebrates both Muslim and Christian faiths.

But despite the feel-good nature of her 2010 win, Fakih got caught up in scandal after scandal — including the recent DUI just last weekend.

The beauty queen was arrested in Highland Park, Michigan on Saturday for suspicion of drunk driving. Fakih tried to deny the incident initially, tweeting on Saturday, “Let’s clear things up now…. I’m NOT in Michigan and I’m NOT in jail! Wrong Fakih.”

But Elder, her attorney, confirmed the rumor, “Unfortunately she was.” The tweet has since disappeared and Elder commented that Fakih is “very saddened and very apologetic for the situation that she is in right now.”

We should say so, given the trouble she’s gotten in before. Just the day after winning the Miss USA title, Rima was exposed as a former pole dancer, which photos of the pageant winner participating in the “Stripper 101″ contest at a Detroit gentlemen’s club three years earlier. She later came under fire for some late-night partying, which doesn’t seem like a big deal to us but had some critics wagging their fingers since she is supposed to be a role model for girls.

Now Fakih actually gotten into trouble with the law. But her lawyer stated that the arrest was based merely on “allegations.” Further investigation by the Highland Park police will happen on Monday.

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