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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Simon's wife admits starting fight that lands couple in court

Rosa Prince New York

The wife of Paul Simon, the American musician, yesterday admitted starting a fight with him which landed them both in court accused of domestic violence.

Edie Brickell, who married the singer in 1992, was arrested alongside him at their home in Connecticut on Saturday and both were charged with disorderly conduct after what police described as a "family dispute" escalated into physical violence.

Mr Simon (72), who was in Ireland last week to honour his friend, the late poet Seamus Heaney, with a musical tribute, is understood to have made a 911 emergency call to the police, but hung up before speaking.

Officers who attended their home in the town of New Canaan, around 40 miles from New York City, found them both with minor injuries, and arrested them on charges of disorderly conduct. They were not taken into custody, but were ordered to appear in court.

In a statement released by her lawyer, Allen Cramer, Ms Brickell, (48) said: "I got my feelings hurt and picked a fight with my husband. The police called it disorderly. Thank God it's orderly now."

Mr Cramer told reporters before the hearing: "They are here together, they get along fine with each other. If it were Joe Blow we wouldn't be here. You certainly wouldn't be here. These people have had a wonderful life together and they've never had these types of problems."

Leon Krolikowski, the chief of police for the nearby town of Norfolk, said: "There was aggressiveness on both sides. Under Connecticut law we're obligated to make an arrest because it was domestic violence. Before we left the scene we made assurances both were safe. One of the parties agreed to leave and did leave. Frankly, they're both victims."

The couple held hands as they appeared before Judge William Wenzel at Norwalk Superior Court and were arraigned to reappear in court next Tuesday. The judge agreed that neither Mr Simon nor his wife needed to be the subject of a protection order.

Mr Simon, who was one half of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, told the court: "The both of us are fine together. We had an argument. It was very atypical of us."

He later added: "We're going to go back home today. We're going to watch our son play baseball."

Ms Brickell, who sang with the New Bohemians, said: "I don't feel a need to be protected from him."

The couple married in 1992 and have three children.

Last week, Simon sang extracts from several of Heaney's poems at the 'Celebrating Seamus Heaney' event in the National Concert Hall and was on hand to unveil a commemorative tapestry in honour of the late poet in Dublin Airport.

The four-metre-high azure blue tapestry, entitled 'Out of the Marvellous', depicts an open book sailing through the sky with an excerpt from Heaney's poem 'Lightenings VIII' inscribed on it.


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