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Charges against Paul Simon, Edie Brickell dropped

By John Christoffersen

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) -- Prosecutors on Tuesday said they were dropping a disorderly conduct case against Paul Simon and his wife, Edie Brickell, that stemmed from a fight at the couple's home.

Simon, 72, and Brickell, 48, did not appear in Norwalk Superior Court, where prosecutors told a judge they were declining to pursue the case, meaning the charges will be dropped and eventually erased after 13 months.

Prosecutors declined to comment outside court. A telephone message left for the couple's attorney, Andrew Bowman, was not immediately returned.

The couple fought April 26 inside a cottage on their property in New Canaan, police said.

Brickell told officers she confronted her husband after he did something to "break her heart," according to police, but she did not provide any details. She told police Simon shoved her and she slapped him. The police report said Simon suffered a superficial cut to his ear and Brickell, who smelled of alcohol, had a bruise on her wrist.

Both said in court on April 28 that they did not consider the other a threat, and no protective order was issued.

Simon is a 12-time Grammy winner and member of The Songwriters Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - as half of the duo of Simon and Garfunkel and as a solo artist.

Brickell is perhaps best known for the song "What I Am," recorded with her band the New Bohemians and released in 1988. She collaborated last year with comedian Steve Martin, who has an acclaimed career as a folk musician, for the roots album "Love Has Come For You."

The singers were married in 1992. They have three children.

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campbell1221 June 18 2014 at 12:44 PM

Simon and Garfunkel one of the greatest groups ever.

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aladyluck130 June 18 2014 at 1:30 PM

I am very happy to see you two work things out. Marriage isn't easy especially when you break each other hearts...it hurts. My husband and I go thru the same thing. God bless both of you. :)

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Anthony Robbin June 18 2014 at 1:04 PM


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exitscreaming June 18 2014 at 6:45 PM

Paul Simon grew up in an age where the woman was expected to have a martini waiting for her husband when he got home from work and a backhand to the chops wasn't unheard of if she talked back....and her career was less important than his.....however thankfully those times have changed, maybe someone needs to tell Paul this

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theomegaman72 June 18 2014 at 1:18 PM

Obvious conclusion is everything was just fine when she gave up her career for him , but when she started working with Steve Martin ,Simon couldn't handle it and that jealousy threw him into an alcohol-fueled rage

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yaya June 18 2014 at 1:55 PM

If they weren't who they are we would not be reading this story because it really is their personal private business and should be considered an intrusion. DId you notice how sweetly they are holding hands?. Hey, everything is OK they love each other and unfortunately these things happen sometimes.

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lawrencefishberg yaya June 18 2014 at 3:52 PM

Thanks a lot Paul...when are you going have a reunion with Artie?

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lovelaurie yaya June 18 2014 at 4:00 PM

THEY are not holding hands and neither (as the caption reads) is Paul holding her hand. Paul his hand on the podium and Edie put her hand on Paul's. Paul looks like he's been beaten down and humiliated beyond his comprehension.

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Jennie June 18 2014 at 12:47 PM

Paul Simmon is 72 years old. He should control his anger at that age. He married a younger woman who won't take his sh*t.

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skitzlpk Jennie June 18 2014 at 12:58 PM

No, he married a screaming progressive feminist who thinks unless her husband relegates himself to walking on all 4's with a leash around his neck,, "he's broken her heart"..

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Carl Jennie June 18 2014 at 1:32 PM

You are an idiot!!!!!

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RANDYTHOMAS711 June 18 2014 at 1:19 PM

Guess he thought there were "51" ways to leave your lover! LOL

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Carl RANDYTHOMAS711 June 18 2014 at 1:29 PM

good one!

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mivogo RANDYTHOMAS711 June 18 2014 at 1:45 PM

Run out the mall, Paul!

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RANDYTHOMAS711 mivogo June 18 2014 at 2:59 PM


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d1anaw June 18 2014 at 12:57 PM

So next time, he'll kill her and claim it was an accident or self defense.

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bbh907 d1anaw June 18 2014 at 2:19 PM

Why don't you read the article! She was the one who had been drinking and attacked him! Maybe next time she'll kill him and claim it was an accident or self defense! Would that somehow make it better for you?

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roseyoungstewart d1anaw June 18 2014 at 3:44 PM

boy are you stupid or just anassholein the buff?

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lili June 19 2014 at 1:19 AM

Sad how when someone is well known they get all kinds of judgements of others thrown at them. I do not know what happened. But it seems sort of sad to me. I wish them both well. And hope they can heal whatever needs to be healed. And I would wish this for anyone under these circumstances.

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