Miranda Lambert Allegedly Assaults Woman
By KENNETH DEAN
Copyright, 2008, Tyler Morning Telegraph
A woman claims that while trying to have her picture taken with Lindale native and country music sensation Miranda Lambert Saturday night in Tyler, she was assaulted and cursed at by the female country crooner.
The alleged incident occurred during a music release party, the Tyler woman says in a report filed with local law enforcement.
Smith County Sheriff’s Lt. Larry Wiginton said his agency is investigating an alleged assault in which Lambert is the suspect.
“The victim called us yesterday and we took the report over the phone. There were not any injuries that I know of,” he told the Tyler Morning Telegraph on Tuesday.
Wiginton said the alleged incident took place Satur-day at the Bootleggers club on Texas Highway 155.
“Basically she said she wanted to get her picture with Miranda and that Miranda pushed or shoved her a couple of times,” he said. “She said she wanted to file a case against Miranda for assault, but that’s all we know at this time. We just got this report yesterday.”
Bootleggers’ officials said Lambert made an appearance at the club Saturday night where a CD release party for singer Adam Hood was being held. They added that Lambert was not a paid act and was only there supporting a fellow musician.
The alleged victim, Aisha Esbay, spoke with the newspaper Tuesday afternoon and said a friend spotted Lambert there with country artist Blake Shelton and grew excited because she is a fan.
“I told her to see if she could get her picture made with them and she said she was too shy. So I walked over to ask Miranda for her,” she said.
Esbay said Lambert told her “maybe later” and she walked back to her table.
She said a few minutes later another member of her party approached Lambert and was treated poorly by the star.
“I walked back over there to tell Miranda that she shouldn’t treat her fans like that and she jumped up and started cussing me saying I was in the VIP section and needed to go back with the other trailer trash,” she said.
Esbay said she outweighs the star by about 100 pounds and was amazed when Lambert shoved her two times, pushing her backward.
“I caught myself on the stool and was just like OK, so I turned around and she shoved me two more times as she let the cuss words fly,” she said.
Esbay said others made statements also, but the physical assault and cussing by Lambert stood out.
“I just couldn’t believe it,” she said.
Kathy Best, of FrontPage Publicity in Nashville, Tenn., and Lambert’s publicist said they had not heard of the case.
“It’s basically news to us,” she said. “We hadn’t heard of this until you called asking questions, so no one here was aware of this whatsoever.”
Another spokesperson at FrontPage Publicity said, “We find it kind of surprising and shocking.”
Wiginton said the report indicated the victim’s mother and a bartender were witnesses to the incident. He pointed out the star had not been charged and if evidence did point to an assault, she would face a Class C misdemeanor, which is equal to a traffic citation.
Esbay said even if Lambert is not cited she feels she did the right thing.
“I’m not suing anyone and don’t want anything from Miranda or anyone else. What I am doing by filing the report is letting her know that just because she is famous she can’t do this to other people,” she said. “You’re supposed to treat others like you want to be treated and not like you think you are better than them.”