New details have emerged regarding Paul Simon and wife Edie Brickell’s April 26th arrest for disorderly conduct at their New Canaan, Connecticut home. Strangely, Edie Brickell has just uploaded a new duet with Simon on her website EdieBrickell.com, called, "Like To Get To Know You." Last Saturday night, officers responded to a family dispute after they received a 911 call in which the caller hung up. Both Simon and Brickell were each given a misdemeanor summons and "one of them agreed to leave and go to another location."
On Monday (April 28th), the couple appeared in Norwalk Superior Court together, where Judge William J. Wenzel said he did not see a need for a protective order. Simon, who held hands with Brickell while walking into the courthouse and throughout the appearance in front of the judge, told the court: "We had an argument, which is atypical of us. Neither of us has any fear or any reason to feel threatened. I don’t feel like I need to be protected. Both of us are fine together. We’re going home together, and we’re going to watch our son play baseball." The couple is due back in court on May 16th to answer to misdemeanor charges of disturbing the peace.
According to the police reports obtained by TheHour.com, it was Simon who called 911 while Brickell was arguing with her mother, who was visiting from Texas. When police arrived they heard Brickell yelling inside the cottage, which is a separate music studio apart from the house, with Simon waiting outside.
Brickell, reportedly entered the cottage "to confront Simon on something which he’d done that broke her heart," and stated that Simon "cannot handle being criticized in any manner and became confrontational with her," and accused him of acting like a "spoiled baby." It was reported that Brickell had a "moderate odor of alcohol" on her breath.
The singer admitted that she had struck Simon, saying, "I didn’t hit him. I slapped him." Simon who "suffered a small superficial cut on his ear as a result of the slap, admitted to shoving his wife and calling 911 after she slapped him."
Brickell showed police a bruised wrist she claimed was a result of the couple’s altercation, but covered it up and would not allow it to be photographed. TheHour.com posted: "Brickell told police ‘there were other physical confrontations in the relationship’ and insinuated that Simon had caused bruises on her back and a lump on the back of her head, according to police."
Sgt. Joseph Farenga wrote in his report: "No matter how much I asked Brickell if Simon had injured her more than what I saw on her wrist, she would not say that he did and there was no evidence to suggest the lump on her head was caused by Simon or that it occurred that night."
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