The arrest of the 72-year-old music legend Paul Simon, formerly of Simon and Garfunkel, and his 47-year-old wife formerly frontwoman of Edie Brickell & New Bohemians has made news around the world. Curiosity is especially high as the couple — married since 1992 — seems highly unlikely, in public perception, to be arrested in such circumstances.
According to NCAdvertiser.com, police responded to a 911 call hangup at the couple’s residence on Saturday, April 26th. The New Canaan Police arrived at the residence to investigate and both Paul Simon and Edie Brickell were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for an apparent domestic violence incident, being described as a “family dispute.
They were both released at the scene with summonses, with Simon agreeing to go to the couple’s residence in Manhattan for the night. The couple has three children who live with them in the residence and the police did not say whether any of them were present in the home at the time.
On Monday morning, the couple appeared in Norwalk Superior Court and, as the newspaper goes on to note, they were holding hands and during the court appearance, Simon is quoting as saying, ““The both of us are fine together. We are going to go back home and watch our son play baseball. We had an argument. It was very atypical of us.”
According to The New York Daily News, quoting Simon’s lawyer, Allan Cramer, “It was a normal husband-and-wife discussion. Paul didn’t want to discuss it and she did. He tried to leave and she kind of locked the door. I don’t think he started the shoving.”
The lawyer goes on to say that it was Brickell’s mother who called 911. He also confirmed that the couple’s three teenaged children were not in the home at the time.
Neither Paul Simon nor Edie Brickell have made any public comments in the story which continues to generate headlines. As is typical on the Internet, there is a frantic search for the couple’s booking photos, or mugshots. They very likely do not exist as neither were taken into custody that night, according to reports, thus making such searches futile.
Check back for updates in this developing story.