Don McLean's Wife Files for Divorce

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Don McLean performs on stage at York Barbican on May 15, 2015 in York, United Kingdom .

The wife of American Pie singer/songwriter Don McLean filed for divorce in Maine, only weeks after he was arrested on domestic violence charges.

A lawyer for Patrisha McLean says the legal papers filed Thursday cite "adultery, cruel and abusive treatment, and irreconcilable differences."

The couple have been married for 30 years.

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Camden resident Don McLean was arrested in January on charges including domestic violence assault. He has pleaded not guilty.

He has been prohibited from having contact with his wife. A statement from Patrisha McLean's attorney, Gene Libby, says she's gained "strength and insight away from his influence and control."

After his arrest, McLean made a statement in six tweets, explaining the situation as the fallout of the "breakdown of an almost 30-year marriage."

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"There are no winners and losers but I am not a villain," he wrote. He ended by asking that he not be "judged in this frantic media environment."

Don McLean's defense attorney confirmed the divorce filing. A lawyer he retained to handle the divorce proceedings wasn't immediately available for comment.


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