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4/23/08- East Texas

Woman Claims Miranda Lambert Assaulted Her

A local country music star is accused of assaulting a woman at a Smith County club. The woman who filed the report told her story to KLTV 7 today.

She claims that Miranda Lambert shoved and cursed at her Saturday night at "Bootleggers." The alleged incident is giving this "famous girl in a small town" more publicity, though it may not be the kind she wants.  

The alleged assault is gaining national attention. In the report filed Tuesday morning, Aisha Esbay claimed she approached the star for a picture. She said Lambert dismissed her and another friend, so Esbay confronted the singer.

"I said 'I just wanted to tell you I don't think you should be so rude, especially to fans, and she freaked out," said Esbay.  "She (Lambert) shoved me and said 'You don't know who the f*** I am... "She said 'You need to get the f*** out of here and so when she shoved me again I kind of fell into a barstool."

Esbay claimed she turned to leave, but Lambert shoved her a second time, dishing out more verbal assaults.

"She said 'You need to get back to the other side of the bar because all you are is a fat piece of trash."

Miranda's mom, Bev Lambert, responded Wednesday by phone. She said the two talked but Miranda never assaulted her.

She said: "I was standing next to my daughter when the conversation took place. It did not happen in the manner which was reported and in the event I'm called to testify, I will."

Esbay said she didn't want to file a report, but felt she had to take a stand.

"I didn't want to have to deal with it but I really lost sleep over it and I knew that I had to do something," said Esbay. 

The Smith County Sheriff's Department said they will investigate fairly.

"We'll sit down and we'll dissect every statement that comes in and we'll determine the facts of this case," said Lieutenant Larry Wiginton.  "I mean, we won't just take one side - we'll look at the whole picture."

"Everybody deserves to be treated with respect, and I was treated extremely poorly and I want to stand up for me," said Esbay.  "I want to stand up for every nobody out there."

Esbay said all she wants is an apology.

"It's not about a lawsuit, it's not about money, I don't want anything from her," said Esbay. 

But the Lamberts said there's no reason Miranda should have to apologize at all.

The Smith County Sheriff's Department said if Lambert is charged, it would be a class "C" misdemeanor, equal to a traffic citation. Fines can range up to $500.

Courtney Lane, reporting. clane@kltv.com

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