Texas sheriff’s spokesman pens sexist letter to Fiona Apple

Musicians may want to start taking the long road around Hudspeth County, Texas. After officers arrested Fiona Apple on charges of possessing hashish last week (the latest in a long line of musician arrests there), Apple took to the stage at a concert promising to make the arresting officers “famous.”

Now, Rusty Fleming, the public information officer for the Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Office, has answered Apple with a letter of his own, which TMZ has printed. In it, he raises the bar for bullying, sexist condescension that doesn’t seem especially becoming for an officer sworn to protect the public

“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.”

Rusty Fleming”



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