Paul Simon and Edie Brickell have scored a legal victory after prosecutors in Connecticut opted to drop disorderly conduct charges against the couple. Simon and Brickell were both issued misdemeanour citations following a domestic dispute at their New Canaan home in late April (14) and the couple was back in court on Tuesday (16Jun14) for an update hearing.
Prosecutors in Norwalk announced they would not be pursuing the case and the charges would be dropped and subsequently erased from the singers' records in 13 months, according to the Startribune.com.
A disorderly conduct case involving veteran singer/songwriter Paul Simon and his wife Edie Brickell has been delayed until next month (Jun14). The couple, which will celebrate its 22nd wedding anniversary on 30 May (14), returned to a Connecticut courtroom on Friday (16May14) after the musicians were both issued misdemeanour citations following a domestic dispute at their New Canaan home in late April (14).
Their lawyer, Andrew Bowman, had requested Superior Court Judge William Wenzel ban the media from the hearing, but the motion was denied. The judge said, "Everyone who comes into this court is presumed innocent and our general policy is to allow open media access so I am overruling that request."
Simon, who held hands with Brickell during the hearing, then attempted to address the judge, only to be promptly silenced.
Judge Wenzel told the defendants, "Let your attorney speak."
Neither Simon nor Brickell uttered a word in court after the interruption and their case was subsequently postponed until 17 June (14).
The singers have put on a united front since news of their domestic drama hit headlines last month (Apr14), with Simon branding the argument "atypical" of the pair.
Paul Simon returned to the stage on Wednesday night (07May14) for the first time since he and his wife were arrested for disorderly conduct. The veteran singer/songwriter and his partner of 22 years, Edie Brickell, were both charged with misdemeanours last month (Apr14) when they got into an altercation at their home in Connecticut.
They appeared in court on 28 April (14) and played down the drama, insisting they simply had a marital spat.
Simon refused to let the scandal keep him from performing and he took to the stage on Wednesday at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, where he was honoured with a special award from officials at New York University in recognition of his career and charity work.
He played tracks including 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, Late In the Evening and You Can Call Me Al, and was also joined onstage by students from the university during his performance of Still Crazy After All These Years.
The gig raised $1.1 million (£687,000) for scholarships to the college, where Simon taught songwriting in the 1970s.
Upon learning of the amount raised, the musician quipped: "After my fee of a million is deducted, that's $100,000."
However, one person was noticeably absent at the show - Brickell did not attend.
Veteran singer/songwriter Paul Simon was slapped by his wife Edie Brickell for breaking her heart during a domestic dispute at their Connecticut home last weekend (26-27Apr14), according to the official police report.
Cops were called to the couple's house in New Canaan on Saturday (26Apr14) and they were both issued with misdemeanours for disorderly conduct. The Simon & Garfunkel star, 72, and his wife of almost 22 years played down the altercation during a court appearance on Monday (28Apr14), when they told the judge they did not feel threatened by one another.
Simon said, "We had an argument which is atypical of us. Neither of us has any fear or any reason to feel threatened. I don't feel like I need to be protected", while a statement issued by Brickell after the hearing read: "I got my feelings hurt and picked a fight with my husband. The police called it disorderly. Thank God it's orderly now."
The police report documenting the incident has since been made public and, according to investigators, it was folk singer Brickell who sparked the fight after losing her temper and slapping Simon for doing something that "broke her heart" after confronting him in their home music studio. She did not go into detail about what offended her, but told officers her husband couldn't "handle being criticized in any manner and became confrontational".
The bust-up left Simon with a "superficial cut to his ear", while 47-year-old Brickell, who was noted as having "a strong odor of alcohol on her breath", suffered a "small bruise to her right wrist". She also later told cops that Paul had been "acting like a spoiled baby" by calling the police over the argument.
Meanwhile, the couple is moving on from the domestic drama with a new song - Brickell posted an acoustic duet with Simon, titled Like To Get To Know You, on her website on Wednesday (30Apr14). On the track, they sing about feeling a little estranged from one another as they notice other couples getting along, before crooning, "I wouldn't trade places with anyone, none of them/ 'Cause I'd like to get to know you again."
Police have cleared up reports Paul Simon and his wife Edie Brickell were arrested for disorderly conduct, explaining the couple was only issued misdemeanour summonses. The Simon & Garfunkel star and Brickell were reportedly detained by cops following an alleged bust-up at their home in New Canaan, Connecticut on Saturday night (26Apr14), but police chief Leon Krolikowski explains there were no arrests.
On Monday (28Apr14), Simon and Brickell briefly appeared in court and told Judge William Wenzel they did not feel threatened by each other.
Simon said, "Both of us are fine together. We're going home together, and we're going to watch our son play baseball. We had an argument which is atypical of us. Neither of us has any fear or any reason to feel threatened. I don't feel like I need to be protected."
Brickell added, "He's no threat to me at all."
Following the hearing, Brickell released a statement through her lawyer about the incident.
It read, "I got my feelings hurt and picked a fight with my husband. The police called it disorderly. Thank God it's orderly now."
Simon and his wife are scheduled to appear in court for a follow-up hearing on 16 May (14).
Veteran musician Paul Simon has been arrested in Connecticut. The Simon & Garfunkel star, 72, was detained by police officers on suspicion of disorderly conduct following an alleged bust-up with his wife, 48-year-old singer Edie Brickell, at their home in New Canaan on Saturday night (26Apr14).
Officers who attended the scene also arrested Brickell on suspicion of disorderly conduct and they were both taken into custody, according to TMZ.com. They are both scheduled to appear at Norwalk Superior Court on Monday (28Apr14). The couple has been married for more than 20 years and they are parents to three children together.
Joe Kohen/WireImageFrom The Lonely Island to Tenacious D to Flight Of The Conchords, the separate worlds of comedy and music continue to keep colliding but some funnymen and funnywomen prefer to keep their two distinctive talents separate. Here's a look at five comedians-turned-musicians who left the jokes behind when they stepped inside the recording studio.
Hugh LaurieWhile those outside the UK will know him best as grumpy doctor House or the father in Stuart Little, Hugh Laurie started his career as one half of a hugely popular comic partnership with Stephen Fry. After performing in charity covers outfit Band From TV, he then launched a surprisingly popular New Orleans blues-inspired solo career, reaching the US Top 30 with both 2011's Let Them Talk and 2013 follow-up Didn't It Rain.
Eddie MurphyDespite a debut produced by funk legend Rick James, a follow-up produced by Chic's Nile Rodgers and a third featuring a duet with none other than Michael Jackson, Eddie Murphy's pop career is only ever remembered for the enjoyably ridiculous US No.2 hit, "Party All The Time." Perhaps wisely giving the whole acting malarkey a rest having picked up four Razzie nominations in six years, he's now hoping to change all that with an equally baffling reggae-led collaboration with Snoop Dogg.
Steve MartinHaving showcased his banjo skills on his late '70s/early '80s comedy albums, Steve Martin then picked up a Grammy Award in 2009 when he released his first entirely musical studio effort, The Crow: New Songs For The 5-String Banjo. A recent joint effort with Edie Brickell, Love Has Come For You, almost cracked the US Top 20.
Tracey UllmanWhile there was undoubtedly a kitsch element to Tracey Ullman's retro pop covers, the British comedienne played her music career mostly straight, even reaching the Top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic with a rendition of Kirsty MacColl's "They Don’t Know" before packing in her singing ambitions following the commercial disappointment of 1984's You Caught Me Out.
Childish GambinoFormerly a writer on 30 Rock, Donald Glover then found fame in front of the camera as Troy Barnes on Community before defying all the odds and making that rare successful transition from TV to hip-hop with two acclaimed mixtapes and a nerd-embracing concept album, Camp, under the moniker of Childish Gambino.
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Funnyman Steve Martin and his bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers have stepped in to replace Mumford & Sons as headliners at the 40th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival on Thursday (20Jun13). The British group has pulled out of a string of shows to allow bassist Ted Dwane time to recover from brain surgery - the musician underwent an operation to remove a blood clot last week (10Jun13).
The band pulled the plug on an appearance at the Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee last weekend (15Jun13) and its slot was filled at the last minute by Jack Johnson.
Now Martin and his band, featuring Paul Simon's singer/songwriter wife Edie Brickell, will fill in for the I Will Wait hitmakers in Colorado.
Wilson was asked to perform at the 25th anniversary gala benefit for the Children's Health Fund by gig organiser Paul Simon and he suggested Hanks join her at the gig.
The Oscar winner will play guitar as his talented wife sings Baby, I'm Yours - and he admits his participation in the charity event has made him a much more competent strummer.
Speaking to U.S. TV personality Katie Couric at Wednesday's (03Oct12) rehearsals, Hanks said, "I knew that I was gonna have trouble at home and then I would come here and all the experts would give me short cuts... I find that now I'm playing about twice as many chords as I was playing at home. I was laying off an awful lot of them."
Simon and his wife Edie Brickell will also perform at the show, as will James Taylor and his partner Kim and actor and banjo player Steve Martin.
The gig will raise funds for mobile healthcare units in America's poorest communities.