Prosecutors will not pursue the misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges against Paul Simon and Edie Brickell, following their minor altercation in April. The couple, who married in 1992, did not appear in court for the decision, according to The Associated Press. Because the court has decided not to continue the legal proceedings, the charges will be erased after 13 months. Neither the prosecutors, who announced their decision at Connecticut’s Norwalk Superior Court, nor the couple’s lawyer have commented on the decision.
Following the couple’s court appearance in April, Brickell made a statement to Rolling Stone about the incident through her lawyer. “I got my feelings hurt and I picked a fight with my husband,” she said. “The police called it disorderly. Thank God it’s orderly now.”
Police had responded to a hang-up 911 call from the couple’s residence to investigate what a spokesman described as a “family dispute.” Both Simon and Brickell were cooperative. When they arrived at court to hear the charges, they entered the courthouse holding hands and smiling. During that court appearance, it was revealed that one of the musicians pushed the other. “On a scale of one to 10, it was a one,” their attorney said.
“Both of us are fine together,” Simon told the judge. “We had an argument. It’s atypical.”
“He’s no threat to me at all,” Brickell said.
Leon Krolikowski, Chief of Police for New Canaan, Connecticut, said that the couple was well known in the community. “They’re very nice people, very willing to help us when we need help,” he said. “They’re quiet. They keep to themselves. They’re great people. But it’s unfortunate that this incident occurred.”