Fiona Apple ranted about her stay at a Sierra Blanca jail during Friday night's show at Bayou Music Center, calling out four people who she says acted "inappropriate and probably illegal." (Video below.)
Apple (whose last name is Maggart) was arrested last week at a border stop in Sierra Blanca, where a drug-sniffing dog found small amounts of hash and marijuana on her tour bus. She was held overnight at the Hudspeth County Jail and released Thursday after posting a $10,000 bond.
Now, Hudspeth County Sheriff's Dept. public information officer Rusty Fleming is firing back. In a letter posted to TMZ, Fleming advises Apple to "shut-up and sing." Wow:
First, Honey, I’m already more famous than you, I don't need your help. However, it would appear that you need mine....
Two weeks ago nobody in the country cared about what you had to say, -- now that you’ve been arrested it appears your entire career has been jump-started. Don’t worry Sweetie, I won't bill you...
Next, have you ever heard of Snoop, Willie or Armand Hammer? Maybe if you would read something besides your own press releases, you would have known BEFORE you got here, that if you come to Texas with dope, the cops will take your DOPE away and put YOU in jail.
Even though you and I only met briefly in the hallway, I don't know you but I'm sure you're an awesome and talented young woman and even though I'm not a fan of yours, I am sure there are thousands of them out there, and I’m sure that they would just as soon you get this all behind you and let you go back to what you do best—so my last piece of advice is simple "just shut-up and sing."
"Only in Texas would a Sheriff write an open letter to an artist & send it to press starting w the words, "First, Honey," tweeted Solange Knowles.
"On behalf of my state, #SorryFiona. Just goes to show so clearly these cops luv ego-tripp'n, & use all the folks he so proudly mentions in his letter...to pet their pussy-cats.
"I especially love the part when the cop says 'I'm already more famous than you.'"
Apple has yet to respond. Let's hope she does, because this is amazing.
UPDATE: The Sherriff's Dept. has more to say, per an email I just received:
In response to recent public statement made by Fiona Apple the official position of the Hudspeth County Sheriff’s department are as follows;
1. If Miss Apple has a legal complaint we urge her to immediately contact the state Attorney General’s Office for the State of Texas. (We’ll give her the number if she needs that.)
2.) If she has an ethical complaint against any employee/jailer/deputy of this department, she needs to report that directly to the internal affairs division of the Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Office. (She spent the night with us here, so she probably already has that number.)