NBC Connecticut reports that police in New Canaan arrested Paul Simon, 72, and his wife, 47-year-old singer-songwriter Edie Brickell, and charged both with disorderly conduct. Both have been released and ordered to appear in court today. The couple has been married for 22 years and has three kids.
UPDATE: NBC New York says initial reports of a domestic violence charge are not accurate; both were charged with disorderly conduct. Our story has been edited to reflect that.
CORRECTS: Paul Simon and his wife arrested for disorderly conduct (not domestic violence), police say http://t.co/xQBe1WyVmI
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UPDATE 2: Simon and Brickell appeared in court today where the judge declined to issue a protective order because they are not a threat to each other. New Canaan police had responded to a 911 hang-up (from Brickell’s visiting mother) Saturday evening and determined there was a minor physical altercation. The couple was not processed at police headquarters so there are no mug shots. In court Simon said, “We’re going to go back home and watch our son play baseball.”
UPDATE 3: According to AP, the police report indicated that Simon was the one who made the 911 call.
Brickell told officers she confronted her husband after he did something to “break her heart,” according to police, but she did not provide any details. She told police he shoved her during the argument, and she slapped him.
The report indicates Simon called 911 and then hung up, prompting the police response.
Simon suffered a superficial cut to his ear, and Brickell, who smelled of alcohol, had a bruise on her wrist, according to the police report, first obtained by the Hour of Norwalk on Tuesday.
Brickell told police the two had other physical confrontations and asked an officer to feel a lump on her head. But she would not let police photograph her injuries and declined to elaborate on the other confrontations.
Two days after the court appearance, the couple released a new duet, “Like To Get To Know You.”