On Tuesday, Paul Simon and his wife, Edie Brickell, had disorderly conduct charges that had been filed against them made null by prosecutors. The charges were filed due to a domestic disturbance that has been characterized as a “fight” between the two of them. According to local police, the alleged incident occurred on April 26 at their their Brookwood Lane cottage located on their property in New Canaan, Connecticut.
The case was scheduled to be heard in Norwalk Superior Court on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in front of Judge William Wenzel. However, Paul Simon, 72, and Edie Brickell, 48, were told that they did not have to appear, as the prosecutors assigned to the case told the judge they were not going to pursue a conviction on the charges.
That means that after 13 months, the charges will be erased from the records of the celeb couple. Outside of the courtroom, the prosecutors assigned to the case had no comment to make. However, the charges haven’t technically been “dropped,” but made null. At any time during the next 13 months, the prosecutors could reopen the case and prosecute it. This is not likely to happen unless the police are called out to the residence again during the 13-month period.
Edie Brickell, of the group the New Bohemians, was not specific when she spoke to the police about the incident, other than to say that Paul Simon had done something that had made her feel like her heart was broken. She was angry at him, and after she confronted him about it, Simon allegedly gave her a shove. In return, Brickell told the police that she slapped her husband.
According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, the police went to the residence to investigate a 911 hang-up call that had originated from the address. Paul Simon told the police that he was the one who had made the 911 call.
According to the police report, Paul Simon had a minor cut on one of his ears while Edie Brickell’s wrist was bruised. The report added that Brickell smelled as if she had drank alcohol. Both Simon and Brickell were arrested after the police questioned each in a separate room of the cottage. They spent the night in jail but were released the following morning.
Whatever personal conflict occurred between the pair, by April 28, they had apparently reconciled and held hands with each other in court. They also both stated that neither considered the other as a threat. The judge that they appeared in front of did not issue a protective court order.
In a letter Brickell’s lawyer released to CNN, the former lead singer for the New Bohemians admitted that she was the one who had started the fight. The reason she gave for initiating the fight was that her husband had hurt her feelings.
Paul Simon has written and sung a string of hits, has won 12 Grammys, and is also a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and The Songwriters Hall of Fame. He has been inducted into both of the Halls of Fame as one half of Simon and Garfunkel and also based on his songwriting skills and musical abilities as a solo artist.
Perhaps the most famous song that Edie Brickell is known for is one she recorded and sang when she was with her band the New Bohemians, What I Am (1988). Also, just last year, Brickell and comedian and folk musician, Steve Martin, collaborated on the album Love Has Come For You.
Paul Simon and Edie Brickell were married in 1992, and have been married for over 22 years. They have three children together. With the charges now made null by the prosecutors, the couple are likely glad to put the entire incident in the past and carry on with their lives together.
Written by: Douglas Cobb