Paul Simon and wife Edie Brickell arrested in ‘family dispute,’ police say

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(CNN) — Singer-songwriter Paul Simon said Monday that he and wife Edie Brickell “just had an argument” Saturday night.

Simon spoke briefly to reporters outside the Norwalk, Connecticut, courthouse where the couple had just appeared before a judge on disorderly conduct charges.

“Edie and I are fine,” Simon said. “We’re going to see our son’s baseball game this afternoon.”

The couple were arrested by police investigating a family dispute Saturday night in New Canaan, Connecticut, according to police.

Simon and Brickell appeared together in the Norwalk Superior Court, but no action was taken and their case was continued until May 16, the court clerk said.

The judge declined to issue a protective order that would have kept Simon and Brickell apart.

“Investigating officers gathered information and found probable cause to arrest” Simon, 72, and Brickell, 47, a police statement said.

Simon and Brickell were held in custody on Saturday night before being released on a “Promise to Appear” notice, according to police.

No other details have been made public about the alleged dispute.

CNN has been unable to reach their lawyers for comment, but Simon’s representative declined to comment to CNN.

Simon and Brickell live in New Canaan, an affluent Connecticut community about an hour’s train ride from Manhattan. The town is home to a long list of rich and famous.

Simon is half of the legendary duo of Simon and Garfunkel that, starting in the 1960s, had hits including “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Mrs. Robinson,” “The Sound of Silence” and “Scarborough Fair.” His solo career has spanned four decades and produced hits including, “Still Crazy After All These Years,” “Graceland” and “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.”

Brickell has one chart hit, titled “What I Am,” on her resume with her 1980s rock group Edie Brickell & New Bohemians. She has also recorded with Simon during their 22 years of marriage.

By Alan Duke, CNN

CNN’s Chris Boyette contributed to this report

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