Legendary singer Paul Simon and his wife, Edie Brickell, appeared in a Connecticut courtroom Monday after being arrested on disorderly conduct charges.
The couple was seen holding hands in the courtroom and requested that they did not need protection even though police officials reported signs of physical violence and minor injuries stemming from the incident. Simon reportedly told the judge in Norwalk Superior Court that he had an argument with his wife Saturday night.
"We're fine. We love each other. We're fine. We had an argument. It's over," Simon reportedly said. "We're going to go back home today. We're going to watch our son play baseball," he added.
Brickell told the judge that “he's no threat to me at all,” requesting that the case be dismissed but the couple was reportedly asked to return to court May 16. They were arrested Saturday after a caller from Simon’s home reportedly dialed emergency services and hung up, following which police officials arrived at the couple’s home to investigate.
"There was aggressiveness on both sides," Leon Krolikowski, the police chief in New Canaan, reportedly said at a news conference Monday. "They're both victims and they have children involved and we're trying to be very cautious of that."
Krolikowski reportedly said that Simon, 72, and Brickell, 48, were each given misdemeanor summons and one of them agreed to leave and move residence to another location. Simon and Brickell have been married for more than 22 years and have three children together. Simon was previously married to actress Carrie Fisher and Peggy Harper.
Simon is best known for hits "Mrs. Robinson" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water," and has won a dozen Grammy awards. Brickell, who was the lead singer of Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, won a Grammy award earlier this year with comedian Steve Martin for best American roots song, "Love Has Come For You."