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Charges dropped against Simon and Brickell

Updated 4:21 pm, Tuesday, June 17, 2014
  • Charges against singer Paul Simon, left, and his wife Edie Brickell, are expected to be dropped after a June 17 hearing during which a prosecutor requested to nolle the case. The couple were arrested on April 26 on disorderly conduct charges by officers investigating a family dispute at their home in New Canaan.  Photo: AP Photo/The Hour, Pool Photo/Alex Von Kleydorff / Associated Press
    Charges against singer Paul Simon, left, and his wife Edie Brickell, are expected to be dropped after a June 17 hearing during which a prosecutor requested to nolle the case. The couple were arrested on April 26 on disorderly conduct charges by officers investigating a family dispute at their home in New Canaan.  Photo: AP Photo/The Hour, Pool Photo/Alex Von Kleydorff

 

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Charges against singer Paul Simon and his wife, Edie Brickell, were dropped Tuesday after the prosecutor requested to nolle the case in Norwalk Superior Court.

Judge William Wenzel accepted the prosecution's decision not to pursue the charges, which, according to Deputy Clerk Emmy Kalmanidis, could be dismissed officially after 13 months, as long as the couple stays out of trouble.

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

By nulling the charges, the prosecution keeps the right to reopen the case and prosecute it again anytime during the following 13 months.

Simon, Brickell and one of their attorneys, Andrew Bowman, were not in court Tuesday.

Brickell, who also is a musician, told officers after the incident that 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.

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

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.

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

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