Ex-Miss Russia gets treatment in NYC drug case

By the Associated Press | June 17, 2011 | 4:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former Miss Russia is out of jail and headed for a year of inpatient addiction treatment to resolve charges of forging painkiller prescriptions.

Anna Malova said she feels "fantastic" and looks forward "to getting better" as she was freed Friday to head to a Bronx drug-treatment program. The 39-year-old was jailed last month after being late to appointments for evaluation.

If she succeeds in treatment, the drug charges will be dismissed. If not, she faces trial on them.

She still faces a separate shoplifting charge.

Malova was trained as a doctor in Russia. She became a model and moved to the United States after being named Miss Russia and finishing in the top 10 in the 1998 Miss Universe pageant.