Simon, 72, and Brickell, 48, who married in 1992, were not
present at Norwalk Superior Court on Tuesday. At a hearing last
month, the couple had told Judge William Wenzel that the spat
was atypical of their relationship and that they posed no threat
to one another.
The charges were filed against the couple after New Canaan
police were called to a cottage on their property in the wealthy
Connecticut suburb on April 26.
On Tuesday, prosecutors said that they would not pursue the
charges although they would reserve the right to reopen the case
if the couple are arrested or charged again within the next 13
months, Deputy Court Clerk Emmy Kalmanidis said.
Wenzel accepted the prosecution's decision to drop the case at a
hearing on Tuesday afternoon.
Simon had attempted to leave the cottage, Brickell blocked the
door and the incident escalated into a shoving match, their
Simon was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 for
his work as part of the duo Simon and Garfunkel, which produced
hits including "The Sound of Silence," and is a member of the
Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Brickell, best known for the 1988 hit "What I Am," released by
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, won a Grammy this year with
comedian Steve Martin for their bluegrass song "Love Has Come
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