Fiona Apple Is Told to "Shut Up and Sing" by Texas Sheriff

A week after Grammy winner Fiona Apple accused a Texas sheriff’s department of unspecified abuses during her time behind bars, her jailer has a message for the alt-singer: "Just shut up and sing."

Border Patrol agents arrested Apple in Sierra Blanca, Tex., last Wednesday after a search of her tour bus turned up small amounts of marijuana and hashish. Officers detained Apple at Hudspeth County jail until she posted bond the next day.

During a Houston concert on Friday, the 35-year-old singer accused the Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Department of "inappropriate" and "probably illegal" conduct.

On Monday, the sheriff’s department struck back. In a letter, Rusty Fleming, the Hudspeth County Sheriff's Department's Information Officer, accused Apple of using her arrest to jump-start her career.

"First, Honey, I'm already more famous than you, I don't need your help. However, it would appear that you need mine..." Fleming wrote. "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..."

Fleming, however, was willing to acknowledge Apple’s talent, if not the scope of her fan base, and concluded his letter with a piece of advice.

"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.'"

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