HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (WXYZ) - Ex-Miss USA Rima Fakih was recently caught on camera stumbling through the streets of Hollywood.
Now it appears her family is trying to step in to try and help her after this latest incident.
7 Action News spoke to Fakih’s attorney Monday night. He says her family may want to take her out of this country.
It is not the kind of publicity that Fakih needs or wants and, according to her lawyer, it's not the kind of publicity she deserves.
The former beauty queen in on probation following a drunk driving incident in Highland Park last winter .
Last week she was caught on video in Los Angeles , apparently leaving a club, running into the street, appearing unsteady.
“What I saw was Rima coming out of a club, being hailed by the TMZ people who are always looking for the newest, hottest story,” says Fakih’s lawyer Otis Culpepper. “I saw her try to get away from these people and she walked into the street and stumbled and then turned around and walked back to a friend of hers and was escorted away from the cameras. That's when I saw. I heard her yell, ‘But I'm not driving.’ No one’s come out and said she was drinking. But the presumption is she was intoxicated and I think it’s, as Mr. Cochran once said, a rush to judgement.”
Culpepper says there is nothing in her probation that says the 26-year-old Fakih can't have a life and have fun.
However when she came out of court after being sentenced on the DUI, she did say that she wanted to change her ways and set a good example for the young women.
Culpepper says that's what she plans to do - speaking soon to some high school kids about the dangers of alcohol use. That will be a part of the community service sentence.
However, first, Culpepper says, she needs to be with her family.
“She's out in Los Angeles by herself, without her family,” Culpepper says. “I think we all do better with family. This is a family decision to do something, to make a family position for Rima to come home and refind the family values that they know she has.”
He also says, “I think the family may want to take her on a trip to Beirut.”
Culpepper says he will be asking the court in Highland Park for permission for his client to come home to Dearborn and then travel to the Middle East for the family vacation. He says he does believe she could use some family time to regroup after this latest incident.
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