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Paul Simon and wife Edie Brickell arrested for disorderly conduct

Paul Simon and his wife, singer Edie Brickell, have appeared in court after being arrested on disorderly conduct charges.

Simon, 72 told the judge that their arrest was due to a rare argument, according to AP. Simon and his 48-year-old wife also told the judge they saw no need for a protective order and did not feel threatened by each other.

Paul Simon, wife arrested over family dispute

Singer Paul Simon and wife Edie Brickell arrested in New Canaan, Connecticut after a domestic dispute.

In a statement, Connecticut police said officers responded to investigate a "family dispute" the Guardian reports.

"There was aggressiveness on both sides," police chief Leon Krolikowski said at a news conference on Monday. "They're both victims and they have children involved and we're trying to be very cautious of that."

Singer Paul Simon and his wife Edie Brickell appear at a hearing in Norwalk Superior Court.
Singer Paul Simon and his wife Edie Brickell appear at a hearing in Norwalk Superior Court. Photo: AP

Simon's agent in Los Angeles did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Simon is a 12-time Grammy winner and a member of The Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame - as half of the duo of Simon and Garfunkel and as a solo artist.

Brickell's What I Am, recorded with her band the New Bohemians, was a hit in 1988.

The two were married in 1992 and have three children together.

Simon has been on tour recently with Sting, and Brickell’s latest project to surface was a collaboration with actor-musician Steve Martin, for which the pair won the American roots song Grammy Award for the title track from their 2013 album, Love Has Come for You.

The Los Angeles Times, AP  and Fairfax Media