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Prosecutors Decline to Proceed in Disorderly Conduct Case Involving Paul Simon and Wife Edie Brickell

Image courtesy of Mark Seliger; Rounder Records (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Mark Seliger; Rounder Records (via ABC News Radio)

It looks like the domestic violence case involving Paul Simon and his wife, Edie Brickell , will go slip sliding away.  The Connecticut state attorney's office tells ABC News Radio that prosecutors have decided not to proceed with the case.

Simon and Brickell, who recently were arrested on disorderly conduct charges at their home in New Canaan, Connecticut, originally had been scheduled to return to a court in nearby Norwalk on Tuesday, but because of the latest developments there was no need for them to show up.  The singers must now avoid being arrested for the next 13 months; if either of them does get arrested, prosecutors can reopen the case.

The drama between Simon and Brickell began on April 26, when the couple was arrested after police came to their residence following a 911 hang-up call and observed evidence of physical violence resulting in minor injuries.  According to court documents, Brickell told authorities that Simon had shoved her and that she had slapped him.  Police observed a cut on Simon's ear and a bruise on Brickell's wrist, and also noted that Edie smelled of alcohol.

When the couple appeared in court to face the charges after their arrest, both Simon and Brickell asked the judge that no orders of protection be issued, and also made it known that they wanted the case to be dismissed.

Simon, 72, and Brickell, 48, have been married since May 1992 and have three children together.

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