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Music Legend Pleads Guilty To Domestic Violence

Don mclean Songs | Music Legend Pleads Guilty To Domestic Violence | Country Music Videos
Photo credit: Knox County Jail

As part of the judgement, he has agreed to pay thousands in fines and will not be required to serve any time in jail. 

70-year-old Don McLean has recently issued a plea of 'guilty' to a court in Knox County, Maine regarding a domestic violence arrest that happened early this year. 

McLean, most notable for his 1971 super-hit, "American Pie", has been a successful musician for decades - finding additional success in covering country music later in his career.

The singer was originally arrested at his residence in Camden, Maine following a 911 call made to the department. At that time, his now-ex wife had reported the violence to police and later was granted an order of protection. 

Following additional charges filed against the singer (including criminal terrorizing, restraint, and obstruction), McLean posted a statement on his website. 

"What is occurring is the very painful breakdown of an almost 30 year relationship," McLean wrote. "Our hearts are broken and we must carry on. There are no winners or losers but I am not a villain."

According to the Associated Press, during a Thursday (July 21) court appearance, McLean has admitted to domestic violence assault against his ex-wife - and has agreed to a plea deal with the DA that allows him to only pay a $3,000 fine and avoid any jail time, granted that he stays out of trouble for a full year. 

Initially, McLean pleaded not guilty to all charges. 

While he is working through these legal troubles, he still remains committed to his music and his fans and is still touring the U.S. and other countries to perform shows. 

Listen to his unforgettable classic song "American Pie" below.

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