Drag Race star, Nicole Paige Brooks, has been arrested on drug possession charges.
Police stopped Brooks (Brian Christopher Pryor) and gay nightlife promoter William Corbett Harkins while they were driving with a malfunctioning tail light.
In the early hours of 12 December, Atlanta police pulled over the pair on Barrett Parkway.
The police discovered the pair were in possession of marijuana.
The officer noticed ‘an overwhelming odor of green marijuana emitting from inside of the vehicle,’ according to police reports.
When the officer asked the pair to step out of the car, Harkins refused and Brooks pulled out a small bag of weed from her suit jacket.
In his incident report, Officer J.A. Foster reports the discovery of drugs, pills, cash and drug paraphernalia.
‘Due to the presence of drugs and the manner in which they were stored and transported I determined the money was related,’ the report states.
‘All money determined to be in control of Harkins was seized.’
The full report reveals Officer Foster found 51 small plastic bags containing cocaine, Xanax, Oxycodone, amphetamines, hydrocodone,$647 and an unidentified black capsule.
Harkins was released from jail on a $30,000 bond and faces five felony charges as well as drug trafficking, possession or sale of marijuana, and three charges of possession of a controlled substance.
Brooks was released on a $4,000 bond and faces a felony charge of cocaine possession and two misdemeanors – possession of marijuana and a tag light violation.
A hearing is scheduled for 27 March.
When approached for comment, Brooks said: ‘There are more important things to talk about than me being stopped in a traffic stop in Marietta.’
Brooks appeared on season 2 of RuPaul’s Drag Race and was eliminated in the second episode.
Rupaul’s Drag Race has been licensed in 91 countries for syndication and along with multiple Critics’ Choice Television Awards nominations right now, Rupaul and the art form of drag is even bigger than ever before. Ru says. at 52, he hasn’t had a drink since 1999 – “I had my share, and then some” – and it’s been even longer since he has done drugs. Instead, he listens to Eckhart Tolle tapes on loop as he careens around the L.A. hills in his Mercedes-Benz SUV, and he doesn’t do anything for anyone if he doesn’t want to.
Drugs have a parallel history to the art form of drag. So why do so many of these talented performers use drugs?
You will probably never be a drag superstar. In the rare occasion, you do become a drag superstar, you will do anything and anybody to stay on top of your game. You constantly have to strive and work at your craft unless you want to be forgotten and being forgotten is the absolutely worse thing that can happen to any entertainer. Try getting out of bed every morning with that confusion of thoughts swirling through your mind.
Is life a party? At those parties, there are people who want to be your new best friend. At the bars or behind the stage drugs are an ever-present feature of the entertainment world and it is often difficult for people to avoid them.
In some cases, many performers are injured turning the party or performing the ever crowd pleasing death drops. To return to the stage as soon as possible, many rely on painkillers to dull the pain from those injuries. They become addicted. The life of a drag performer can and often requires frequent travel and odd hours. You need to be awake to hit the stage and sometimes a performer needs a bit of help so they take something to “perk them up.” and then something to “help them sleep.”
Peer pressure is a significant issue in the drag world. Many do or say something simply because someone they admire or respect does or says it first. If your drag idol, friend, sister or drag mother is getting high in front of you and offers you the opportunity to do so with them, how many people are going to say “No, thank you?”
Research shows that the loss of personal privacy creates an extreme sense of isolation. This often leads to loneliness. In fact, many drag queens have stated, while they were on stage they are the “it girl” but after the makeup comes off they are extremely lonely. No one wants to date a drag queen. There is a pill for that loneliness and it is addictive.
Drag performers are living the fast life these days. Many drag queens and former reality show contestants are booked all over the world thanks to RuPaul’s Drag race show on Logo Network. These queens now have the opportunity to go and perform at a lot of social events and their careers are moving a timeline of a dizzying pace. It can be overwhelming.
The public is under the impression all drag queens are having endless fun but stress and unhappiness levels make their lives ripe for mood altering opportunities:
For the most sensitive among us, the noise can be too much. Beyond loneliness, drag celebrities have easy access to drugs. People approach them with free drugs at the club, parties and performance gigs all the time.
Becoming a drag celebrity is an extremely difficult and lonely journey, as suddenly everyone you knew changes, and all of a sudden, everyone’s your friend and you don’t know who to trust. You begin to pull away and find you can only trust a very small group of people.
You can often too late realize you’re spinning out of control, and the drugs are the only thing keeping you together.
You know, we have very bad drug addictions in the LBGTQ family. And if you had said to me four years ago, say, what causes heroin addiction, I would have looked at you like you were a little bit stupid and I would’ve said, well, heroin causes heroin addiction.
For 100 years now we’ve been told a story about addiction that is so deeply ingrained in our culture that it seems like our common sense–it almost seems stupid to say it, right? So we think if you, me and the next 30 people you know used heroin for 20 days, because there are chemical hooks in the heroin, at the end of that 20 days our body would physically need heroin, and that’s what addiction is.
The drag lifestyle can make the performer very susceptible to falling into bad habits. It is little wonder then that so many have suffered from serious addictions, consuming drugs and alcohol at levels that can seem almost impossible to the vast majority of people.
While not every drag queen is on drugs, nor is the majority, but I can say that every drag queen has the same easy access to them. It is all about “Choices”.
Higher social use of drugs leads to higher rates of problem use and drug dependency. Individuals in the LGBTQ community whose drug use has become problematic or who have become addicted have trouble recognizing how their drug behavior is different from others who appear to be able to use socially.
The missing link therefore is narcissism, a condition that can afflict the non-famous as well. Addiction is really just two sides to the same narcissist coin. Drag Queens with addiction and performers with narcissism both seek outside sources for inside happiness. Ultimately neither the fame nor the drugs nor the drinking will work, but the show must go on.
If Drugs are the answer, the question needs to be readdressed.