Don McLean Pleads Not Guilty to Domestic Violence Charge

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Don McLean performs onstage during day 2 of 2014 Stagecoach: California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 26, 2014 in Indio, California.

After the singer's arrest, his wife filed a handwritten request for protection.

Don McLean's attorney says the singer has entered a not-guilty plea to a domestic violence charge in writing and will not appear in court later this month.

Police arrested the "American Pie" singer on the misdemeanor count on Jan. 18.

'American Pie' Singer Don McLean Arrested on Domestic Violence Charge

The next court date is Feb. 22, but attorney Walter McKee says nothing substantial will happen that day because McLean has already entered the plea.

After McLean's arrest, his wife filed a handwritten request for protection. The couple later announced through McKee that they had "agreed to move forward" and the protection order was dismissed.

"American Pie" topped the Billboard Hot 100 44 years ago. The singer lives in coastal Camden, Maine.