By Richard Weizel
NORWALK Conn. (Reuters) – Grammy Award-winning singer Paul Simon held hands with his wife, singer Edie Brickell, as they entered court on Friday for a hearing in their disorderly conduct case stemming from a domestic dispute at their Connecticut home.
Two weeks before their 22nd wedding anniversary, Simon, 72, and Brickell, 48, made their second appearance at Norwalk Superior Court in the case.
Arriving at court, Simon and Brickell rushed past camera crews and a guitar-carrying supporter holding Simon and Garfunkel’s 1966 album “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme”. They immediately went behind closed doors for a meeting with lawyers.
They emerged in the late morning and Simon, wearing a gray suit and red tie, and Brickell, in a dark jacket and pants and a red blouse, walked into court holding hands.
Disorderly conduct charges were filed against the pair, who were married on May 30, 1992, after New Canaan police were called to a cottage on their property in the wealthy Connecticut suburb on April 26.
Their attorney, Allan Cramer, said Simon had attempted to leave the cottage, Brickell blocked the door and the incident escalated into a shoving match.
The singers, who have raised three children together, called the incident completely out of character.
In their first court appearance days after the dispute, the judge ordered the two to return to court on Friday, when a mediator was to submit a report on the incident.
Simon was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 for his work as part of the duo Simon and Garfunkel, and is a member of The Songwriters Hall of Fame, according to his website.
Brickell is best known for her 1988 hit song “What I Am,” which was released by Edie Brickell & New Bohemians. She won a Grammy this year with comedian Steve Martin for their bluegrass song “Love Has Come for You.”
(Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Sofina Mirza-Reid)