Knox County Jail
Singer-songwriter Don McLean, best known for his 1971 hit ‘American Pie’, was arrested in January on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge. PEOPLE confirmed yesterday that six more criminal charges have been filed against the 70-year old.
McLean was arrested on January 18 after police responded to a 911 call from his residence in Camden, Maine. The singer was released on $10,000 bail and later posted a statement on his website addressing the arrest.
“This last year and especially now have been hard emotional times for my wife my children and me. What is occurring is the very painful breakdown of an almost 30 year relationship. Our hearts are broken and we must carry on. There are no winners or losers but I am not a villain. I may never recover from this but I will try and hope to continue to entertain you all as I always have,” he said. “I ask God to give us the strength to find new happiness and I hope people will realize that this will all be resolved but I hope I will not be judged in this frantic media environment.”
According to PEOPLE, the new charges against McLean include criminal threatening, terrorizing, criminal restraint, obstruction and criminal mischief. He pleaded not guilty to all counts.
McLean’s wife, Patrisha, was granted an order of protection in late January after alleging that McLean has a “violent temper” and that “his rage was unfathomably deep and very scary.” According to a statement provided to Knox County Court, Patrisha alleges that she was “terrorized” for four hours prior to her husband’s January arrest. She adds that he has been physical through most of their marriage and recently threatened her with a gun.
Patrisha issued a public statement of her husband’s website stating, “Don has a big heart. He and I had many happy times in the 30 years of our marriage and what has recently transpired is unfortunate for all of us. I would ask everyone reading this to ignore the sensationalist, scabrous headlines and focus instead on the joy that Don, and his music, has given to so many for so long.”
McLean’s next court date is scheduled for early April.
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