BEIRUT: The parents of former Miss USA Rima Fakih have ordered her to return home to Lebanon after a video of her stumbling while leaving an LA nightclub emerged, a local Detroit news channel has reported. Fakih was the first Arab-American to win the pageant in 2010. She was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol earlier this year, sentenced to community service and ordered to attend alcohol awareness classes. Her lawyer, Otis Culpepper, Monday asked her probation officials if she can go to Lebanon for an “extended period of time” to get away from Hollywood, clickondetroit.com reported. He told the channel, “Like any other parent, your child is away from you. She’s not an old person. She is just 26 years old. So, she’s still a relatively young person and they just want to make sure she’s alright.” Fakih’s family moved to New York from Lebanon in 1993 and later to Dearborn, a Detroit suburb. Fakih was arrested last December for driving without signaling. Police found an open bottle of champagne behind the driver’s seat. Fakih said she had not been drinking but tests put her blood alcohol limit at twice the legal limit. At trial, she pleaded no contest, but avoided jail time.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on July 11, 2012, on page 4.