Charges against Paul Simon, Edie Brickell dropped

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Charges against Paul Simon, Edie Brickell dropped
Singer Paul Simon, left, holds hands with his wife Edie Brickell at a hearing in Norwalk Superior Court on Monday April 28, 2014 in Norwalk, Conn. The couple were arrested Saturday on disorderly conduct charges by officers investigating a family dispute at their home in New Canaan, Conn. (AP Photo/The Hour, Alex von Kleydorff, Pool)
Singer Paul Simon, left, and his wife Edie Brickell appear at a hearing in Norwalk Superior Court on Monday April 28, 2014 in Norwalk, Conn. The couple were arrested Saturday on disorderly conduct charges by officers investigating a family dispute at their home in New Canaan, Conn. (AP Photo/The Hour, Alex von Kleydorff, Pool)
Singer Paul Simon, left, and his wife Edie Brickell appear at a hearing in Norwalk Superior Court on Monday April 28, 2014 in Norwalk, Conn. The couple were arrested Saturday on disorderly conduct charges by officers investigating a family dispute at their home in New Canaan, Conn. (AP Photo/The Hour, Alex von Kleydorff, Pool)
Paul Simon and Edie Brickell arriving at the New York Benefit Premiere of 'Enigma' at the Beekman Theatre in New York City. April 11, 2002. Photo: Evan Agostini/ImageDirect
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: Paul Simon performs during the 25th Anniversary Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall on April 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - MAY 06: Singer/Songwriter Edie Brickell performs during the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Day 5 presented by Shell at The Fair Grounds Race Course on May 6, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: Paul Simon performs during the Hugh Masekela: Celebrating 75 Years concert at Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 06: Singer Edie Brickell performs during The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival on October 6, 2013 in San Rafael, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 09: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Musician Paul Simon attends the New York Knicks v Miami Heat game at Madison Square Garden on January 9, 2014 in New York City. The Knicks defeated the Heat 102-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
THE VIEW - Guest co-host Amy Schumer (“Inside Amy Schumer”); Steve Martin & Edie Brickell (album, “Love Has Come for You”); Dr. Richard Besser (author, Tell Me the Truth, Doctor) appeared today, April 24, 2013 on 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Donna Svennevik/ABC via Getty Images) EDIE BRICKELL
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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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