Fiona Apple was arrested at a border stop in Sierra Blanca, Texas, yesterday for allegedly holding hash. According to TMZ, who have posted her mug shot, this is the exact same place where Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg have been nabbed in the past.
The freshly free-from-hiatus folky was between an Idler Wheel tour stop at the Ikeda Theater in Mesa, Arizona, and tonight’s Austin City Limits show at Moody Theater (which, yes, is on Willie Nelson Blvd.). Apple is supposedly being held at Hudspeth County Jail.
Apple’s publicist didn’t have any further information to share. “My guess is that there won’t be any sort of statement given,” Ambrosia Healy told SPIN. Seems like everyone’s hoping to for a quick end to the dope debacle.
No word yet as to how her tour will be affected. Her name is currently battling Apple Maps in the Twitter trending list, but most of the posts are just “Criminal” puns. Yes, yes, it’s safe to say she’s in need of a good defense.
To the best of our knowledge, Apple hasn’t had any run-ins with the law before. When border cops arrested Snoop earlier this year, he was issued a citation, promptly released and given a court date, the final result of which was a $537 fine.
Nelson’s story was a little stranger. After he apparently posted a $2,500 bail in 2010, the prosecutor “request[ed] that the singer perform his hit ‘Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain’ in the courtroom in exchange for leniency,” which meant a $100 fine. She later said she was joking.
SPIN has calls in to the Moody Theater and the Hudspeth County Sherriff’s Office. Sierra Blanca is notable not only for arresting musicians for weed, but for containing the nation’s largest sewer dump within its borders. Sounds like a lovely place.
UPDATE: According to AP, Apple was released today on a $10,000 bond after spending the night in jail. This despite the fact that, according to Hudspeth County sheriff’s office spokesman Rusty Flemming, she “had a little tiny amount of pot and hash.” Also, according to a post on her Facebook profile, “Tonight’s show in Austin has been postponed. New date TBD.”