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Steely Dan Co-Founder Donald Fagen Assaulted Wife, Cops Say

Walter Becker and Donald Fagen of Steely Dan. Image by Wikimedia Commons

Walter Becker and Donald Fagen of Steely Dan.

Steely Dan founding member Donald Fagen was ordered to keep his distance from his wife of more than two decades after New York City cops say he knocked her to the floor of their Upper East Side digs in Manhattan.

The New York Times reports that Fagen, 67, allegedly went at his 69-year-old wife, singer Libby Titus, Monday night.

He was hauled into court Tuesday morning and charged with misdemeanor assault and harassment. The order of protection was issued as Fagen was released without bail.

The altercation with Titus caused “bruising and swelling to her right arm, as well as substantial pain,” the criminal complaint said.

The Jewish rocker co-founded the band with Walter Becker in 1972.


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