Edie Brickell told police Paul Simon did something that "broke her heart," according to a newly released police report outlining their April 26 dispute, which led to the couple being arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct at their Brookwood Lane home.
Brickell, 47, told officers that the argument started when she confronted Simon, who was in their home's music studio. She said Simon, 72, cannot "handle being criticized in any manner and became confrontational with her," according to the document.
The report stated that he shoved Brickell and then called 9-1-1 after his wife slapped him in the face.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer sustained "a superficial cut to his ear" while his musician wife had "a small bruise on her right wrist," the report stated.
The couple appeared Monday in Norwalk Superior Court, where Judge William Wenzel considered issuing a limited protective order against both of them. But after the pair insisted they weren't a threat to each other, the judge declined to issue the order.
New Canaan police responded to the couple's residence at 8:20 p.m. Saturday after receiving a 9-1-1 hang-up call, Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said at a press conference Monday. When the first officer arrived at the scene, he heard "the occupants of the residence loudly screaming at each other," the report stated.
The couple told police that they were having a verbal argument that escalated, according to the document. Brickell told police Simon "was acting like a spoiled baby by calling 9-1-1 and that he did not care about their children," the report stated. The couple has three children, ranging in age from 16 to 21. Simon has a son from a previous marriage.
Police said Brickell had "a strong odor of alcohol on her breath" and became agitated at times. She alluded to there being other physical confrontations in the relationship, but she refused to elaborate or answer any questions, police wrote in the report.
At one point, Brickell bent her head over toward one of the officers, grabbed his hand and placed it on the back of her head so he could feel a lump, according to the document. The officer did feel the lump and asked Brickell if Simon had caused it, but "she just became emotional and continued to say she would never jeopardize their children's well-being," the report stated. Police did not find evidence to suggest Simon caused the lump on her head or that it occurred that night, according to the report.
Simon and Brickell were not taken into custody, police said, and were issued misdemeanor summonses.
The couple was allowed to return to the house, but Simon agreed to spend the night in their Manhattan residence, according to police. Officers left as soon as they determined the situation was under control and that both Simon and Brickell were safe, Krolikowski said.
Attorney Steve Hayes, who said he's represented the family for 20 years, said in court Monday that any type of protective order would be unnecessary because both Simon and Brickell don't feel like they're threatened by the other.
Simon also spoke in court saying he and his wife are fine.
"We're going to go back home and watch our son play baseball," he said. "This argument was very atypical of us ... I don't feel I need to be protected from her." Read Full Article
Brickell also spoke in court stating that Simon "is not a threat" to her.
Based on their testimony, Wenzel said the couple didn't pose a continued threat to each other and declined to issue the protective order as long as there are no acts or threats of violence.
Attorney Allan Cramer, who is representing the couple in this case, said the court assigned a mediator who will sit down with them to determine whether a problem exists. The mediator is expected to file a report with the judge before the couple returns to court May 16.
Outside of Norwalk Superior Court, Cramer said he didn't know what the argument was about or whether or not the couple had been drinking.
"It was a normal husband and wife discussion, and Paul didn't want to discuss it, and she wanted to discuss it," Cramer said. "It's as simple as that. He kind of tried to leave, and she kind of blocked the door."
Cramer also said the argument was minor.
"Brickell is from Texas and he's from Queens," he said. "And you know what ... there are ways of settling things down in Texas and there are ways of settling things down in Queens."
Cramer said he believes Brickell's mother was in the house and she's the one who tried to call 9-1-1.
"They've never had anything but a happy marriage," Cramer said, adding that "on a scale of 1 to 10, the argument was a 1."
"I know a fair amount about celebrity marriages, and a lot of them are not so good," Cramer said. "This is one that is good. These are wonderful people."
The couple has been married since 1992 and purchased their New Canaan home, which police said is gated and surrounded by a 7-foot-high barbed wire fence, in 2002.
Brickell's mother, Larry Linden, was at the house during the altercation, the police report states.
Krolikowski said the incident was "minor in nature" but "sufficient to require an arrest."
"It was a very common domestic incident that occurs all the time," Krolikowski said.
He added that there were "minor" injuries, but would not elaborate. New Canaan EMS wasn't dispatched.
Krolikowski said this was the first time police dealt with the couple regarding a domestic dispute. He said they're "quiet" and "great people."
"It's unfortunate that this incident occurred," Krolikowski said. "But we were obligated to make an arrest when it occurred."
Simon, a 12-time Grammy winner, started his career with Simon & Garfunkel in 1964.
In September, he performed in a benefit honoring local first responders that raised money for Staying Put in New Canaan.
Brickell is best known for her 1988 hit "What I Am," with the band Edie Brickell and New Bohemians.
Krolikowski said 32 family disputes have been reported in New Canaan this year, a 68 percent increase compared to this time last year. He said it is unclear whether more residents are reporting domestic violence or if the number of incidents is actually increasing.