Two weeks before their 22nd wedding anniversary, Simon, 72,
and Brickell, 48, made a brief appearance before Judge William
Wenzel at Norwalk Superior Court, who denied their plea to keep
cameras out of his courtroom but agreed to delay the proceeding
until June 17.
Citing one of the couple's children - a 16-year-old son -
defense attorney Andrew Bowman, who represents both singers,
asked the judge to bar cameras from the hearing.
“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.
Simon, who stood holding hands with Brickell next to their
lawyer at the podium facing the judge, began to speak to Wenzel,
who interrupted him.
"Let your attorney speak," Wenzel said, silencing Simon.
"Is everything going OK?" the judge asked.
"Yes, your honor," Bowman said.
Earlier on Friday, as they waited to enter the courtroom,
Brickell, wearing a dark jacket and pink pants, rested her head
atop her husband's head. Simon, in a gray suit and red tie,
wrapped his arm around her waist.
After the proceeding, they rushed from the courthouse, where
a guitar-carrying supporter held Simon and Garfunkel's 1966
album "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme," and got into an SUV
that quickly drove off.
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Disorderly conduct charges were filed against the pair, who were
married on May 30, 1992, after New Canaan police were called to a
cottage on their property in the wealthy Connecticut suburb on April
Simon had attempted to leave the cottage, Brickell blocked the door
and the incident escalated into a shoving match, their attorney
said. Simon dialed 911 and hung up but later told police he made the
call, according to a police report.
The singers called the incident completely out of character.
Simon was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 for his
work as part of the duo Simon and Garfunkel, and is a member of The
Songwriters Hall of Fame, according to his website.
Brickell is best known for her 1988 hit song "What I Am," which was
released by Edie Brickell & New Bohemians. She won a Grammy this
year with comedian Steve Martin for their bluegrass song "Love Has
Come for You."
(Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Sofina Mirza-Reid)
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