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Published: Monday March 16, 2015 15:00 PM EDT

2015

ROCHESTER HILLS, MICHIGAN

When Howard Stern asked the singer why she didn't return home after her 1979 sexual assault, she responded, naturally, in the form of a burn: "Well have you ever been to Rochester Hills, Michigan? I can't be around basic, provincial-thinking people." Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett was not amused. "Admittedly, I don't know what experiences led you to that opinion, but let me tell you, our community is anything but basic or narrow-minded," he wrote in an open letter. Barnett invited her to come home to give the town another chance, though made it clear, "[W]e certainly don't need your stamp of approval."