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Simon, Brickell back in court

Updated 12:59 pm, Friday, May 16, 2014
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Singer Paul Simon and his wife, Edie Brickell, returned to Norwalk Superior Court Friday morning, three weeks after they were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct in New Canaan.

No action was taken, however, as the judge continued the case to June 17, at the request of one of the couple's attorneys, Andrew Bowman.

Simon, 72, and Brickell, 47, were arrested April 26 after a domestic dispute at their Brookwood Lane home.

Brickell, who also is a musician, told officers the argument started when she confronted Simon in their home's music studio for doing something that "broke her heart," according to a police report outlining the dispute.

The report states that she slapped the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer in the face before he shoved her and then called 9-1-1 himself. Simon sustained "a superficial cut to his ear," while his wife had "a small bruise on her right wrist," according to the report.

The couple has been married since 1992 and purchased their New Canaan home, which police said is gated and surrounded by a 7-foot-high barbed wire fence, in 2002. They have three children, ranging in age from 16 to 21. Simon also has a son from a previous marriage.

The couple held hands as they entered and left court Friday morning and had a closed-door meeting with their lawyers for almost an hour before facing Judge William Wenzel again.

When they first appeared in court April 28 they insisted they weren't a threat to each other.

"This argument was very atypical of us," Simon told the judge. "I don't feel I need to be protected from her."

After that appearance, the couple was assigned a mediator who was going to sit down with them to determine whether a problem exists. It is not clear whether or not the mediator's report is complete.

When New Canaan police responded to the couple's residence at 8:20 p.m. April 26, Brickell told police Simon "was acting like a spoiled baby by calling 9-1-1 and that he did not care about their children," the report stated.

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.

Simon, a 12-time Grammy winner, started his career with Simon & Garfunkel in 1964. In September, he performed in a benefit at the New Canaan High School honoring local first responders that raised money for Staying Put in New Canaan.

Brickell is best known for her 1988 hit "What I Am," with the band Edie Brickell and New Bohemians.

noliveira@bcnnew.com; 203-330-6582, @olivnelson