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Paul Simon: 'I got what I deserved'

Stamford Advocate
Published 7:47 pm, Friday, May 2, 2014

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  • Singer Paul Simon, left, holds hands with his wife Edie Brickell at a hearing in Norwalk Superior Court on Monday April 28, 2014 in Norwalk, Conn. The couple were arrested Saturday on disorderly conduct charges by officers investigating a family dispute at their home in New Canaan, Conn. Photo: AP Photo/The Hour, Pool Photo/Alex Von Kleydorff / Associated Press
    Singer Paul Simon, left, holds hands with his wife Edie Brickell at a hearing in Norwalk Superior Court on Monday April 28, 2014 in Norwalk, Conn. The couple were arrested Saturday on disorderly conduct charges by officers investigating a family dispute at their home in New Canaan, Conn. Photo: AP Photo/The Hour, Pool Photo/Alex Von Kleydorff

 

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Following the popular musical duo being charged last week for a domestic dispute at their New Canaan home, Paul Simon issued a statement Friday saying reports that blame his wife Edie Brickell for the spat are "terribly unfair" and "I got what I deserved."

The couple were issued summonses following a verbal dispute that escalated into a physical altercation on April 26. The two appeared in state Superior Court in Norwalk on Monday and insisted that neither posed a threat to each other and did not need protective orders.

"It's terribly unfair to blame Edie for our marital dispute," Simon said in a brief statement issued by his attorney Steve Hayes. "I hurt her deeply. Frankly, I got what I deserved. Thank God we still love each other."

According to the police report of the incident, Brickell told responding officers that Simon did something that "broke her heart."

Brickell, 47, told officers that the argument started when she confronted Simon, who was in their home's music studio. She said Simon, 72, cannot "handle being criticized in any manner and became confrontational with her," according to the document.

The report stated that he shoved Brickell and then called 911 after his wife slapped him in the face.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer sustained "a superficial cut to his ear" while his musician wife had "a small bruise on her right wrist," the report stated.

The couple told police that they were having an argument that escalated, according to the document. Brickell told police Simon "was acting like a spoiled baby by calling 911 and that he did not care about their children," the report stated. The couple has three children, ranging in age from 16 to 21. Simon has a son from a previous marriage.

Police said Brickell had "a strong odor of alcohol on her breath" and became agitated at times. She alluded to there being other physical confrontations in the relationship, but she refused to elaborate or answer any questions, police wrote in the report.

At one point, Brickell bent her head over toward one of the officers, grabbed his hand and placed it on the back of her head so he could feel a lump, according to the document. The officer did feel the lump and asked Brickell if Simon had caused it, but "she just became emotional and continued to say she would never jeopardize their children's well-being," the report stated. Police did not find evidence to suggest Simon caused the lump on her head or that it occurred that night, according to the report.

Simon and Brickell were not taken into custody.

The couple was allowed to return to the house, but Simon agreed to spend the night in their Manhattan residence, according to police. Officers left as soon as they determined the situation was under control and that both Simon and Brickell were safe, Krolikowski said.

A court mediator has been assigned to sit down with the couple to determine whether a problem exists. The mediator is expected to file a report before the couple returns to court May 16.