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Published: Thursday May 1, 2014 MYT 4:20:00 PM
Updated: Thursday May 1, 2014 MYT 8:17:33 AM

Folk fight: Paul Simon, Edie Brickell appear in court for domestic drama

Paul Simon and Edie Brickell, Grammy Award-winning singer songwriters and husband and wife, appeared in court to answer charges after being arrested for a pushing match at their Connecticut home.

Both singers faced a judge in Norwalk Superior Court on April 28 after their weekend arrest by New Canaan police on disorderly conduct charges stemming from a family dispute. But those expecting salacious details to emerge from the otherwise low-profile folk couple should find themselves bitterly disappointed.  

“Neither of us has any fear or anything to feel threatened about,” Simon, who wore a navy blue suit, told Judge William Wenzel. Simon, 72, said the incident on Saturday night was extraordinary in their 22 years of marriage, during which they raised three children.

“We had an argument that is atypical of us,” Simon said. Brickell, 48, agreed, telling the judge, “He is no threat to me at all.”

The altercation occurred at a cottage on their New Canaan property, the couple’s attorney, Allan Cramer, said. The couple got into a dispute and when Simon attempted to leave, Brickell blocked the door, he said. The incident escalated and Brickell’s mother, who was visiting, called police.

“I think there were a couple of pushes, but it didn’t go any further,” Cramer told reporters outside the courtroom. “Nothing like this has happened before. She wanted to continue talking about something and he didn’t. And that’s it.”

Paul Simon and Edie Brickell, charged with disorderly conduct stemming from an argument at home, showed up in court to say that it was "an argument that is atypical of us." Hey, that sounds like a line from a song!

New Canaan Chief of Police Leon Krolikowski told a news conference that the incident resulted in some minor injuries and stemmed from “aggressiveness on both sides,” but that Simon and Brickell were cooperative when police arrived. They were arrested on a misdemeanour summons and were not taken into custody.

“They’re well known to the community, they’re very nice people,” Krolikowski said. “It’s unfortunate that this occurred, but we were obligated to make an arrest.”

Simon was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 for his work as part of the duo Simon and Garfunkel, and is a member of The Songwriters Hall of Fame, according to his website.

Brickell is best known for her 1988 hit song What I Am, released as Edie Brickell & New Bohemians. She won a Grammy this year with comedian Steve Martin, who is also banjo for their bluegrass song Love Has Come for You.

A court mediator is scheduled to submit a report on the not-very-dramatic incident to the judge next month, when the nice couple are slated to return to court. Maybe they'll write a nice song about it. – Reuters

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