NEW CANAAN, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A newly-released police report on Thursday said it was Paul Simon who made the 911 call that led to the arrest of both him and his wife on disorderly conduct charges.
After a confrontation at their home in New Canaan, Conn., police came to the home of Simon, 72, and his wife, Edie Brickell, 48, around 8:20 p.m. Saturday. Someone had called 911 and hung up, police said.
Brickell told officers that Simon had done something to “break her heart.” During the argument, Brickell told police Simon shoved her, and she slapped him.
When officers arrived, they found minor injuries, police Chief Leon Krolikowski said.
Police said Simon suffered a cut on his ear, and Brickell — who smelled of alcohol – had a bruise on her wrist.
Brickell told police that she confronted Simon at a cottage on the couple’s property which houses the family’s recording studio, saying that her husband “cannot handle being criticized in any manner and became confrontational with her,” the Hour of Norwalk was quoted by CBS News.
Police said Brickell accused Simon of “acting like a spoiled baby,” and told officers, “I didn’t hit him. I slapped him,” CBS News reported.
According to the report, Brickell showed police her bruised wrist and insinuated that Simon had caused bruises on her back and a lump on the back of her head, but would not let officers photograph the injuries and refused to detail the allegations of abuse, CBS News reported.
Still, the couple indicated in court – and in a new song released Wednesday – that they want to reconcile.
The song, called “Like to Get to Know You,” features the lyrics, “I see other couples all the time, holding hands and laughing,” and, “I wouldn’t trade places with anyone, none of them, ’cause I’d like to get to know you again.”
Both Simon and Brickell told a judge they do not consider the other a threat, and no protective order was issued. They are due back in court on May 16.
Simon is a 12-time Grammy winner and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, both as a solo artist and as a member of Simon and Garfunkel.
Brickell is the lead singer of the band Edie Brickell & New Bohemians.
The two were married in 1992. They have three children together.
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