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Sheriff Dept. Spokesman

Rips Fiona Apple

'Just Shut Up and Sing'

9/24/2012 10:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Fiona Apple is an ignorant fool who should stop criticizing law enforcement and "just shut up and sing" ... this according to the spokesman for the Hudspeth County Sheriff's Dept.

HCSD Public Information Officer Rusty Fleming is firing back at the singer after she publicly blasted 4 officers for allegedly mistreating her during her arrest for possession of hash and marijuana at a Texas border patrol stop last week.  In a rambling statement at her concert following the bust, Apple had threatened to make the cops "f*cking famous" as a punishment for their inappropriate actions.

Fleming has personally responded to the accusations with a letter to Apple ... and it's AWESOME.

It starts off ... "First, Honey, I’m already more famous than you, I don’t need your help. However, it would appear that you need mine."

The letter continues, "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"

Rusty called in to "TMZ Live" today where he continued to put Fiona on blast.



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said Rusty Fleming, a volunteer public information officer for the sheriff's department in rural, sparsely populated Hudspeth County.

725 days ago


said Rusty Fleming, a volunteer public information officer for the sheriff's department in rural, sparsely populated Hudspeth County.

725 days ago


That guy needs to shut up and do his job. Where is his boss? There is nothing anywhere that makes it right, or legal, for him to publicly degrade a member of the public. Especially one that has an active case that has not been settled. This guy is a bully with a badge. Unprofessional and unintelligent.

725 days ago


Everyone talks **** about the police dept. after being arrested. Does this ass hat follow up on all the other jail birds once they're released? Of course not! This fame whore just wants his 2minutes in the limelight. I just wonder if he's related to Sheriff Joe! I mean come on! He wrote his little letter and now he's doing press? Go the F back to your nonexistent life already.

725 days ago

Jacob h    

I say **** the police, thats how i treat'em.
I really hate this god damn pig. More than i should probably

725 days ago


Sweet. All 5 of the "famous" Rusty Fleming's friends on facebook are trolling the page. Weird that I live in Texas and have never heard of him.

725 days ago


" Just shut up and sing" is a line in The Dixie chicks song... And it's about guess who? Someone from Texas.

725 days ago


Fiona just a helpful FYI. I'd suggest you make sure you don't have any dope in your car when you go to Texas to file your complaint. Something tells me they don't provide quantity (of arrest) discounts. BTW Texas appreciates your business to support it's continued busting of ignorant California fools.

725 days ago


She should have waited until this case was over legally before she made those comments. Texas is a ******* state and she should be careful. i would not trust that state.

725 days ago

Country Lady    

Thank you Redneck Rusty for bringing yet more attention to your sick fixation on marijuana. The more retarded you and your Dukes of Hazard pals act about it, the closer we get to decriminalizing it.

725 days ago


Totally unethical for this guy to say this. Personal feelings and ethics should never come into play. If that's the way he feels, fine he's human and he's allowed to feel that way but to make a personal note to someone as an official spokesman of a civil office is unethical. Besides that he came off as petty and immature.

725 days ago

Spicy mag    

Your tax dollars at work.

725 days ago

Duany Duany    

Fiona, you might as well get used to redneck cracker justice when you come through this Republican hellhole, otherwise known as Texas.

This is the state where white redneck men still think they hung the moon and are accustomed to 'hanging' anything that doesn't agree with their regressive politics and skin color.

725 days ago

Hank Todlefont    

He looks like a rodeo clown and expresses himself like a donkey. Congrats on coming out as a douche bag. She shouldn't have been smoking or said anything about what she talked at the concert but the arm of the law should hold itself to a higher standard. Not running his mouth like he is 12, what a pathetic little ignorant redneck.

725 days ago


It's the year 2012 and we're still supporting Law Enforcement officials who blithely thwart their own rules to prosecute marijuana use.

Man, this website is so cool.

725 days ago
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