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.”