Paul Simon Escapes Charges in Domestic Spat

Prosecutors Drop Case With Edie Brickell

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Published June 17, 2014.
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Prosecutors have decided not to go forward with charges against Grammy Award-winning musicians Paul Simon and Edie Brickell after the couple had a fight in April at their Connecticut home, a court clerk said on Tuesday.

Simon, 72, and Brickell, 48, who married in 1992, were scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court for a third time before Judge William Wenzel, who had denied their plea to keep cameras out of his courtroom at their last appearance on May 16.

At that time, the pair told the judge that the spat was atypical of their relationship and that they posed no threat to one another.

Disorderly conduct charges were filed against the couple after New Canaan police were called to a cottage on their property in the wealthy Connecticut suburb on April 26.

On Tuesday however, prosecutors said that they would not pursue the charges, Deputy Court Clerk Emmy Kalmanidis said.

“The prosecution will not proceed with the charges and it will be (discontinued) sometime later today by the judge,” Kalmanidis said.

Kalmanidis added that the case could be reopened at any time within the next 13 months.

Simon had attempted to leave the cottage, Brickell blocked the door and the incident escalated into a shoving match, their attorney said.

Simon was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 for his work as part of the duo Simon and Garfunkel, which produced hits including “The Sound of Silence,” and is a member of The Songwriters Hall of Fame, according to his website.

Brickell, best known for the 1988 hit “What I Am,” released by Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, won a Grammy this year with comedian Steve Martin for their bluegrass song “Love Has Come for You.”


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