911 Call Led To Arrest Of New Canaan's Paul Simon, Wife Edie Brickell

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New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski. New Canaan police charged Paul Simon and his wife Edie Brickell with disorderly conduct following a dispute at their New Canaan home Saturday night.
New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski. New Canaan police charged Paul Simon and his wife Edie Brickell with disorderly conduct following a dispute at their New Canaan home Saturday night. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
New Canaan police charged Paul Simon and his wife Edie Brickell with disorderly conduct following a dispute at their New Canaan home Saturday night.
New Canaan police charged Paul Simon and his wife Edie Brickell with disorderly conduct following a dispute at their New Canaan home Saturday night. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- Pop legend Paul Simon, 72, and his wife, hit musician Edie Brickell, 47, are facing troubled waters after they were each charged with disorderly conduct after a dispute between the couple at their New Canaan home Saturday evening.

New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said police were notified of a problem by a 911 call at 8:20 p.m. Saturday. 

“It was a 911 call that was a hang-up call and that is how we were made aware,” he said.

The couple made a brief court appearance Monday at Norwalk Superior Court. As the couple left the court, Simon said they had an argument but that it has been resolved.

“We’re fine. We love each other,” he said as cameras clicked away, according to the Hartford Courant. “We’re fine, we had an argument and it is over.”

When police arrived Saturday evening, the dispute had already calmed down, Krolikowski said, although both parties had minor injuries.

“It had quieted down, which is very common,” Krolikowski said about similar domestic dispute calls. “Generally something will happen, an incident like this, and we will get called to the scene and then it is usually calmed down by the time we arrive. Then we investigate and determine what is appropriate and what had occurred.”

He declined to detail the minor injuries. He also declined to identify who had made the 911 call that was cut off.

The call Saturday was part of a troubling rise in family dispute calls this year in New Canaan, Krolikowski said.

“We have seen a significant increase in family disputes, which aren’t always domestic violence,” he said. So far this year, the New Canaan Police Department has handled 32 of those calls, compared with 19 during the similar time period last year.

“It is concerning. Domestic violence is our violent crime in New Canaan. We don’t have a lot of street crime, we don’t have a lot of crime overall at all most of it is property crime. When we do see violence more often than not it’s against family members it is against spouses it is against domestic partners. It’s not street crime stuff. It is concerning for sure.”

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 after breaking up with Garfunkel was equally legendary with hits such as “Still Crazy After All These Years” and “Graceland.”

Brickell only hit single "What I Am," in 1988 came while she fronted the group Edie Brickell & New Bohemians.
The couple has also recorded together during their 22-year marriage. They have three children and have lived in New Canaan since 2002. 

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Sounds like the mother-in -law will need to find a new place to live lol. And you can most definitely be disorderly in your own home during a domestic incident without physical contact and be charged for it.

And the lingering question is this WHO THE F___ CARES Sounds like someone over reacted ( police or his mother in law) just Sayin

THEY WERE BOTH RELEASED FROM COURT WITH NO "CONDITIONS"

Who writes your headlines???? Were Paul Simon and his wife actually "Arrested" or were they just given appearance tickets? It does not appear from the text of your coverage that anyone was "arrested" and hauled off to the Pokey, which is what your headline implies. You need to make a retraction, if you are wrong and to offer up an apology.

Total nonsense about disorderly in their own home. If no physical violence against another, you can rant and rave all you want. Tell the cops to get lost.

No help for ELDER ABUSE in Yonkers. I have been trying to get help for FINANCIAL ABUSE of the elderly for 5 years. EVERYBODY BACKS OFF OF THIS ABUSIVE COMPANY. THEY MUST BE BIGGER THAN YONKERS.

He's 72 & she's 47. In California she would be charged with elder abuse...just sayin

It's very uncommon to read a story like this and see "declined to give details". I'm so used to reading news stories from this area and learning about every little personal detail that's none of my business. I guess being a high profile celebrity helps in a situation like this.

Raul??? That's Sam Champion's new Brazilian pool-boy husband/wife!! What's going on here?

911 hangup calls should always be investigated. What if the person hung up because someone hit them with a bat and the phone went off? What you are saying doesn't make sense. It's their obligation. If someone were badly hurt or killed, their family would sue the pants off the police, rightly so.

This indeed is not news. Actually Edie is enjoying a new wave of popularity because of her recent album with Steve Martin. And as for Paul, he's actually recorded a great deal in the past 30 years.

This is NOT News. The Police should mind their own business and not involve themselves with a little argument. My partner Raul and I always have these disagreements and never have the Port Chester police been involved . Clearly New Cannon has nothing better to do with their time.

Lol CEO Norwalk...... The police were minding their own business until someone dialed 911, then they have get involved its not a matter of nothing better to do with their time , it's their job... It's what you pay taxes for !