Singers-songwriters Paul Simon and Edie Brickell had to explain themselves to a Connecticut judge Monday afternoon after they were arrested Saturday on suspicion of disorderly conduct.
Simon, 72, said that he’d gotten into a rare argument with his wife of nearly 22 years, according to the Associated Press, which said the couple held hands while they were in court.
He and Brickell, 48, each told the judge they did not consider the other a threat. No protective order was imposed, and the two both returned home after the hearing.
“We’re fine, we love each other, we’re fine, we had an argument, it’s over,” Simon told reporters on his way out of the courthouse.
Authorities had shown up Saturday evening at their New Canaan, Conn., home after someone at the residence called 911 and hung up, police chief Leon Krolikowski said at a press conference Monday. After finding minor injuries, officers decided that domestic violence had gone down, he said. Both adults were issued misdemeanor disorderly conduct summonses at the time, and one agreed to go into a separate room after the incident.
“There was aggressiveness on both sides,” Krolikowski said, according to the AP. “They’re both victims, and they have children involved, and we’re trying to be very cautious of that."
Before the hearing, the couple’s attorney characterized the incident as minor.
“If it were Joe Blow we wouldn’t be here,” Allan Cramer told reporters. “You certainly wouldn’t be here.”
But it wasn’t Joe Blow: Simon, of course, became famous as half of Simon and Garfunkel — do we really have to mention “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and the soundtrack of “The Graduate”? — and continued as a major solo artist after the duo broke up in in 1970. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and recently wrapped up a tour with Sting.
Brickell, who hit the music scene as Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians in the 1980s, recently got song-checked on Lena Dunham’s “Girls” when Marnie, played by Allison Williams, remade the group’s 1988 tune “What I Am” in a music video that was met with much mockery on the HBO series. “What I Am” was a hit, incidentally, for a 22-year-old Brickell. She won a 2013 Grammy for a song collaboration with Steve Martin.
Simon and Brickell, who met on the set of “Saturday Night Live” in 1988 and married in 1992, have three kids together. It’s Simon’s third marriage; his second wife was writer-actress Carrie Fisher.
The two have been ordered to return to court May 16.