Fiona Apple says sorry to fans for arrest ‘bullshit’

Singer also denies claims that she kept a record of alleged police abuses in a 'lockbox'

Fiona Apple has apologised to her fans following her arrest for cannabis possession last week (September 20).

Performing at the House of Blues in New Orleans, Apple told the crowd that she was sorry that her arrest had detracted attention from the release of her new album, TMZ reports.

“This record with me… I’m really, really sorry that all the work that we did is being overshadowed by all this bullshit,” she said.


Apple was arrested last week (September 20) at a border stop after police found a small amount of hashish – a strong form of cannabis – on her tourbus. Although the singer was temporarily detained at Hudspeth County Jail, she was released over the weekend (September 22) and spoke out against the authorities during a show in Houston later that evening.

“Most of the people were very nice to me,” she said. “There are four of you out there, and I want you to know I heard everything you did, I wrote it all down with your names and everything you did and said stupidly thinking I couldn’t hear and see you,” she said in the rant that you can watch below.

However, she has now retracted one of the claims that she kept the log of abuses in a “lockbox”, stating “there are no fucking lock boxes. I didn’t make up a code. It was my way to make a parallel between the south. I am not that fucked up.”

Earlier this week, Texan police issued a public letter telling Fiona Apple to “shut up and sing” after the rant. An open letter from an officer named Rusty Fleming of Hudspeth County Sherrif’s Department read: “Two weeks ago nobody in the country cared about what you had to say. – now you’ve been arrested it appears your entire career has been jump-started.”

Apple released her fourth album ‘The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw, And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do’ on June 19. The LP is the follow up to her third album ‘Extraordinary Machine’, and her first studio offering for seven years. Her debut record, ‘Tidal’, was released in 1996 and she received a Grammy for Best female Rock Vocal Performance from the single ‘Criminal’, which was released from that album in 1998.