Singer Paul Simon and wife in court after shoving spat

Mon Apr 28, 2014 2:42pm EDT
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By Richard Weizel

NORWALK, Connecticut (Reuters) - Grammy Award-winning singer Paul Simon, appeared in a court on Monday with his wife, singer Edie Brickell, after a pushing match at their Connecticut home ended in charges for the pair.

Both singers faced a judge in Norwalk Superior Court after their weekend arrest by New Canaan police on disorderly conduct charges stemming from the family dispute.

"Neither of us has any fear or anything to feel threatened about," Simon, who wore a navy blue suit, told Judge William Wenzel.

Simon, 72, said the incident on Saturday night was extraordinary in their 22 years of marriage, during which they raised three children.

"We had an argument that is atypical of us," Simon said.

Brickell, 48, agreed, telling the judge, "He is no threat to me at all."

The altercation occurred at a cottage on their New Canaan property, the couple's attorney, Allan Cramer, said. The couple got into a dispute and when Simon attempted to leave, Brickell blocked the door, he said. The incident escalated and Brickell's mother, who was visiting, called police.

"I think there were a couple of pushes, but it didn't go any further," Cramer told reporters outside the courtroom. "Nothing like this has happened before... She wanted to continue talking about something and he didn't. And that's it."   Continued...

Singer Paul Simon performs during the Rainforest Fund's 25th anniversary benefit concert in New York April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson