A Bridge Over 'Un"-Troubled Water — Paul Simon and Wife Settle Differences

Paul Simon and his wife Edie Breakell. NBC Connecticut photo.
Paul Simon and his wife Edie Breakell. NBC Connecticut photo.

Grammy Award singer Paul Simon and his wife Edie Brickell won't be prosecuted on domestic violence charges following an argument the couple had last month, a state Superior court official said Tuesday.

A prosecutor decided to drop the domestic violence case against the singing couple, a clerk in state Superior Court in Norwalk told CNN.

Simon, 72, and Brickell, 47, were arrested on disorderly conduct charges by police investigating a family dispute at their New Canaan home on April 26, according to police. They were released from jail the next morning.

Like a Bridge Over Troubled Water, the couple apparently has patched up whatever long-term couples may experience and prosecutors agreed. If there aren't any further complaints or arrests in the next 13 months, the couple is free and clear and the charges will be erased from their records.

Tom June 17, 2014 at 10:03 PM
Just like I said when they had their hand slapped by the gracious star struck police force we call our own, they were never going to have to plea. The BS charges filed were a guarantee to be dismissed. No one else in the same situation would be treated with the gloves like this couple was. It makes me sick!
Annie Holly June 18, 2014 at 10:04 AM
What a silly comment! I know the Simons - they are delightful. They were not treated with kid gloves. Grow up.
David Gurliacci June 18, 2014 at 11:21 AM
Tom, this kind of outcome is probably what happens more often than not, especially in the more minor domestic violence cases. I don't see anything unusual in this outcome, based on years covering courts (in fact, that courthouse). I'm pretty sure that having gone through the courts once, the vast majority of couples never go back, even without jail time or large fines.
Tom June 19, 2014 at 11:26 AM
Annie Holly, this is not about Paul or Edie its about the New Canaan police department and how they handled the case. Maybe you should pay more attention instead of trying to insult me. David, I have news for you. The outcomes of these cases are quite different than in this case. Look it up yourself. I did. Most are taken to police station as a matter of protocol. Most end up with a protective order. Most are charge with much more egregious charges. Even for little things like a slap and a push.
mary parker June 30, 2014 at 02:30 AM
The police did their job according to protocol. When police are called to a domestic dispute, and both parties have put their hands on each other or the police decide both parties have engaged in physical contact, the police have to arrest both of them. It had nothing to do with them being famous. Most family disputes are dropped in court if there has been no prior arrests for this and both parties meet with the prosecutor and show remorse for their actions. And as in this case no other problems arise in a certain time frame.


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