‘American Pie’ singer and songwriter Don McLean has shockingly been arrested for domestic assault. The 1970s legend was booked in Maine for the misdemeanor crime after a terrifying 2:00am 911 call.
Don McLean, 70, who wrote and sang the classic 1971 song “American Pie,” was arrested and charged with domestic assault on January 18 in the suburban town of Camden, Maine. Police responded to a 911 call from Don’s home at 2:00am, and arrested for misdemeanor domestic violence assault, the lowest level of the crime. It is unknown who Don allegedly assaulted.
Don was arrested without incident and taken to the Knox County jail at approximately 3:13am, where his sorrowful mugshot was taken. The mugshot was first obtained by the Wiscassat newspaper in Camden. He was later released on a $10,000 bail. Don is due in the Knox County District County Court in Rockland, Maine, to receive his sentencing on February 22, according to Penbay Pilot. Details of the domestic violence incident have not been released. Don lives with his wife, photographer Patrisha McLean; they have two children, Jackie and Wyatt.
Don’s 1971 hit “American Pie” is part of the American music lexicon, covered left and right by the likes of performers like Madonna. His other hits include “Vincent”, “And I Love You So” and “Castles In The Air.” Don is in the Grammy Hall of Fame, as well as the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He recently sold the handwritten lyrics to “American Pie” to Christie’s Auction House for a reported $1.2 million. He has largely stopped performing in large concerts; his last performance was at the Maine Lobster Festival in August 2015.
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