Paul Simon And Wife Appear In Court After Row
Paul Simon and his wife Edie Brickell have been charged with disorderly conduct in Connecticut following a "family dispute".
Officers responded to the singers' New Canaan home after someone dialled 911 from inside and hung up.
Upon arrival, officers found minor injuries and believed it was a case of domestic violence, police chief Leon Krolikowski said.
He said: "There was aggressiveness on both sides."
The singers were each given a misdemeanour summons and one of them agreed to leave and go to another location.
The couple held hands in court on Monday, where the 72-year-old Simon told the judge that it was a rare argument that led to their arrests.
Simon and Brickell, 47, each said they did not feel threatened by the other and they saw no need for a protective order.
Speaking in court Simon said: "Both of us are fine together. We had an argument and it's fairly atypical of us; neither of us has any fear or any reason to feel threatened and I don't feel I need to be protected."
Ms Brickell added: "He's no threat to me at all."
The couple's lawyer, Allan Cramer, told reporters outside the courthouse that the encounter that led to the arrests was "much less than nothing".
He said the two get along fine and have never had problems like this.
Simon and Brickell were married in 1992.
Brickell is perhaps best known for the song What I Am, recorded with her band the New Bohemians and released in 1988.
She collaborated last year with comedian Steve Martin, and the pair won a Grammy for best American Roots song in January.
Simon, a 12-time Grammy winner, is a member of the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame as half of the duo of Simon and Garfunkel and as a solo artist.