Here's Why Paul Simon, Wife Got Arrested
He allegedly pushed her, she allegedly slapped him
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2014 6:30 AM CDT
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.   (AP Photo/The Hour, Alex von Kleydorff, Pool)

(Newser) – Wondering what in the world Paul Simon and his wife of 22 years, fellow musician Edie Brickell, could possibly have done to get arrested on disorderly conduct charges Saturday? Well, the police report is out, and it explains everything: Seems Brickell, 47, confronted Simon, 72, in the music studio at their home. But Simon can't "handle being criticized in any manner" and got "confrontational," Brickell told officers. She says he pushed her, she slapped him in the face, and he called 911, the Stamford Advocate reports. He hung up, but officers responded anyway, and heard the couple "loudly screaming at each other," according to the report.

Brickell smelled strongly of alcohol, the report continues, and implied past fights between the couple may also have gotten physical. The scuffle ended with a superficial cut on Simon's ear and a small bruise on Brickell's wrist, the report says. But the couple insisted at a hearing Monday they aren't a threat to one another, so no limited protective order was issued to keep them away from each other. "We're going to go back home and watch our son play baseball," Simon said during the hearing. "This argument was very atypical of us ... I don't feel I need to be protected from her." Next up, the couple will sit down with a mediator before appearing in court again on May 16. And don't worry about them too much, because they just released a new duet.

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May 9, 2014 10:43 AM CDT
let the old hook-beaked beanie wearing nobodies beat the crap out of each other.....neither would be missed
May 3, 2014 1:36 AM CDT
See what happened when momma took our Kodachrome away...
May 2, 2014 10:31 AM CDT
A 47 year old should not be slapping around a 72 year old man. This is elder abuse and she knows she is stronger now and will keep doing it. Paul is not seeing the writing on the wall and the next slap could be a fatal accident. She needs to go get herself another home and they can meet at arranged times to take care of a child who must already be sickened by having to live in that sort of environment. The adults are not thinking and the children are internalizing all the anguish. This is where the child of famous people drug abuse syndrome comes from.