Paul Simon and his wife, singer Edie Brickell, have appeared briefly in court for their disorderly conduct case.
Simon and Brickell held hands during the hearing, where Judge William Wenzel declined their request to bar cameras from the courtroom, according to Reuters. “Everyone who comes into this court is presumed innocent and our general policy is to allow open media access so I am overruling that request,” Wenzel said.
At one point the judge silenced Simon, who had spoken out of turn. “Let your attorney speak,” Wenzel said.
The couple’s next hearing was set for June 17 in Norwalk Superior Court.
Leaving the courthouse, Simon and Brickell were greeted by a supporter holding a copy of the Simon and Garfunkel album “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme.”
A police report says the 48-year-old Brickell and the 72-year-old Simon became physical with each other during an April 26 argument inside a cottage on their New Canaan property.
Brickell told police he shoved her during the argument, and she slapped him. The report says Simon suffered a superficial cut to his ear, and Brickell, who smelled of alcohol, had a bruise on her wrist.
Both said in court on April 28 they did not consider the other a threat, and no protective order was issued. Since the incident, the couple released new duet, titeld “Like to Get to Know You.”