Following last week’s arrest in Hudspeth County, Texas for possessing hashish, Fiona Apple took to the stage in Houston and threatened to expose four officers who took part in “inappropriate and probably illegal behavior” during the incident.
Now Rusty Fleming, a representative of the Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Department has hit back in a nasty letter to Apple (as reported by TMZ):
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.”
Hmm, where have we heard that kind of sexist comment before? As Mr. Fleming alluded to, Hudspeth County has appeared in the news recently by arresting high-profile stars like Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, and actor Armand Hammer for drug possession. It seems like they enjoy the publicity as much as their famous prey. Watch Apple’s original statement in Houston below.