Paul Simon and Edie Brickell appeared in court holding hands after being arrested over a domestic dispute.
Paul Simon told a Superior Court judge in Norwalk, Connecticut, he had a rare argument with his wife on Saturday night at their home.
Edie Brickell and Paul Simon, who have been married for 22 years, held hands and said they did not feel threatened by each other.
“We’re fine. We love each other. We’re fine. We had an argument. It’s over,” Paul Simon said as he left the courthouse.
“We’re going to go back home today. We’re going to watch our son play baseball,” he added.
“Neither one of us has any fear or any reason to feel threatened.”
The arrest came on Saturday night after a caller from the singers’ home phoned the emergency services and hung up, police chief Leon Krolikowski said at a news conference on Monday.
Paul Simon and Edie Brickell holding hands at court hearing in Norwalk
Officers who responded found minor injuries and believed it was a case of domestic violence, he continued. He did not confirm who was injured.
“There was aggressiveness on both sides,” he said.
“They’re both victims and they have children involved and we’re trying to be very cautious of that.”
Paul Simon and Edie Brickell were each given a misdemeanor summons. One of them – again unspecified – agreed to leave and go to another location.
The singers’ lawyer, Alan Cramer, dismissed the severity of the argument, calling it a “one on a scale of one to 10”.
“They are here together, they get along fine with each other,” Alan Cramer told reporters before the court hearing.
“If it were Joe Blow we wouldn’t be here. You certainly wouldn’t be here. These people have had a wonderful life together and they’ve never had these types of problems.”
Paul Simon, 72, first found fame as one half of folk duo Simon and Garfunkel, while Edie Brickell, 48, was the lead singer of Edie Brickell & New Bohemians.
Earlier this year, Edie Brickell won a Grammy award with comedian Steve Martin for best American roots song, Love Has Come For You.
According to local media, the couple have lived in the Connecticut town with their three children for a number of years.
Paul Simon and Edie Brickell have been asked to return to court on May 16.
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Amanda Bynes displayed another bizarre look for a court appearance, sporting a turquoise wig and an outfit more suited for a trip to the gym than to face a judge.
Amanda Bynes, 27, was pictured outside the Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City, where she is attending a hearing into allegations she tossed a mar***ana b**g from the window of her 36th floor apartment.
The troubled actress is charged with reckless endangerment and attempted tampering with physical evidence.
Amanda Bynes displayed another bizarre look for a court appearance
Amanda Bynes previously attended a court hearing in May, shortly after her arrest, wearing a long blonde wig.
She was arrested after building officials at her Manhattan apartment called police to complain she was rolling a j**nt and smoking p*t in the lobby.
Amanda Bynes was virtually silent during Tuesday’s hearing, according to TMZ, and the judge continued the case to August 26.
At her arraignment hearing in May, Amanda Bynes’ attorney Andrew Friedman told the court: “My client completely denies illegally throwing anything out of her window.”
And he claimed she was illegally followed into her apartment by police.
Amanda Bynes also made a series of allegations on Twitter in the wake of her May arrest, claiming she was assaulted by the arresting officer.
Chinese political activist and artist Ai Weiwei says police have prevented him from leaving his Beijing studio to attend a court hearing on his tax evasion case.
Ai Weiwei said that a number of police cars arrived at his studio and an employee filming the vehicles was roughed up.
Tax authorities imposed a $2.4 million fine on Ai Weiwei’s firm for tax evasion in 2011.
Supporters say the fine is politically motivated.
The Chinese authorities maintain that the firm, called Fake Cultural Development, owes them money and it must be paid back.
Ai Weiwei said that a number of police cars arrived at his studio and an employee filming the vehicles was roughed up
While Ai Weiwei is a designer for Fake Cultural Development, his wife is the legal representative of his company. She is believed to be attending the hearing in Beijing.
Ai Weiwei, 54, said on Twitter that the police had destroyed the camera of one of his employees. There were also photos showing injuries that his employee suffered after being roughed up by police.
The artist, a outspoken critic of the government, was detained for almost three months without charge last year. After he was released, he was accused of tax evasion and the fine imposed.
Ai Weiwei has said that the tax bill is pay-back for his activism. He challenged the fine in court, saying proper procedure was not followed.
A Beijing court then agreed to hear the case, a move that caught him by surprise.
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