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    Don McLean arrested on a domestic violence charge

    ‘American Pie’ singer Don McLean charged with domestic violence assault

    Officials say he was arrested at his Camden home early Monday morning and was released from jail after posting $10,000 bail.

    Singer-songwriter Don McLean was arrested early Monday morning and charged with misdemeanor domestic violence assault.

    McLean, best known for his song “American Pie,” was arrested after police responded to a 911 call at his Camden home shortly before 2 a.m., Camden police Chief Randy Gagne said. McLean was arrested without incident and taken to Knox County Jail.

    McLean was released from jail after posting $10,000 bail, according to the Penobscot Bay Pilot. He is scheduled to appear in Knox County District Court in Rockland on Feb. 22.
    The article says it's unclear whether or not his wife and children were home, which I guess means no one is sure who the victim is.

    Of all the people I would never expect to be arrested for dv charges.

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    Don McLean's Wife Is Granted a Temporary Protection Order Against Him

    Patricia McLean of Camden, Maine, alleged that her husband, the singer-songwriter of "American Pie" fame, has physically and verbally abused her for three decades and has "a violent temper,” according to the Rockland District Court order obtained by ABC News.

    "For the first 10 years or so his rage was unfathomably deep and very scary," she wrote in a statement attached to the protection order. "On Jan. 17, Don terrorized me for 4 hours until the 911 call that I think might have saved my life."
    Released on bail, didn't enter a plea, due back in court on February 22nd.

    He tweeted about this today, including:
    I may never recover from this but I will try and hope to continue to entertain you all as I always have.

    He may never recover. What a thing to say.

    More of his tweets are at the link.

    I know abusers can be deceptive and manipulative, but he wrote one of my all-time favorite songs - Vincent - and it's hard to accept someone who made such a tender tribute to an artist is capable of being violent and cruel.

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    When I read stories like this about older men who become threatening and violent, I wonder if it's an early sign of dementia. My dad is in the late stages, but a few years before it became obvious and he was diagnosed, he had moments when he would become irrationaly angry and threaten violence. It was so completely unlike him and was very frightening.

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    From what his wife is saying this has been going on for many years. And, yes, I believe her story.

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    I've got to wonder if this could have been avoided if he'd been charged for torture after the first 3 minutes of "American Pie".

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    This is heartbreaking for all concerned. We just never know what goes on behind closed doors, do we?

    Patricia McLean of Camden, Maine, alleged that her husband, the singer-songwriter of "American Pie" fame, has physically and verbally abused her for three decades and has "a violent temper,” according to the Rockland District Court order obtained by ABC News.
    Quoting Don McLean:
    "What is occurring is the very painful breakdown of an almost 30 year relationship,"
    I hope his wife understands that breaking up with an abuser is a very dangerous time and that restraining orders are worth very little. May this relationship end peacefully.
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    Not sure what to believe as far as what the miss's is saying but it is only half of the story, I am reminded of what others have said to me over the years about their spouses only to find out it was not true, so we'll see.

    buddy holly, richie valens, and the big bopper, ( j p richardson) died in a plane crash in 1959. Their loss and what they meant to don was the reason for American pie. jmo

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlwaysShocked View Post
    From what his wife is saying this has been going on for many years. And, yes, I believe her story.
    I do too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilibet View Post
    This is heartbreaking for all concerned. We just never know what goes on behind closed doors, do we?



    Quoting Don McLean:


    I hope his wife understands that breaking up with an abuser is a very dangerous time and that restraining orders are worth very little. May this relationship end peacefully.
    I hope she does too. The time after leaving an abuser is a dangerous one and McLean has more money, power, and influence than the regular Joe. I hope she finds away to stay safe.

    JMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlwaysShocked View Post
    From what his wife is saying this has been going on for many years. And, yes, I believe her story.
    I didn't know it had been going on for years. Of course I believe her, too. I hope she's safe.


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    She wrote that McLean was prone to rage during the first decade of their marriage, and would sometimes grab her legs or arms so hard they were bruised. Patrisha McLean added that in 1994 her husband squeezed his hands against her temples, making her feel like her head was in a vise.

    The alleged attack on Monday was similar to the one in 1994, Patrisha McLean wrote, and her head still hurt two days later. McLean scared her “with the intensity of his rage and the craziness in his eyes”, she wrote, alleging that he grabbed her hand and said “I want to strangle you bad” when she tried to leave.
    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2...estic-violence

    "It is not much ado about nothing," the hit maker’s wife Patrisha McLean, 56, said early Tuesday in a cryptic response to an email seeking comment. “I can't say anything more right now.”
    "Don is not a monster. I did not expect what I wrote in order to receive the restraining order to become public. This is a very sad time for me and for him," McLean wrote.

    "We had many happy times (and) years together.”
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...icle-1.2504603

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    "I want to strangle you so bad."

    Strangling is the most lethal form of domestic violence. I can't say for sure, obviously, but I think she knew he meant he would kill her. I'm not saying he actually WAS going to, just pointing out "I'm going to strangle you" can mean "I'm going to kill you."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montjoy View Post
    I've got to wonder if this could have been avoided if he'd been charged for torture after the first 3 minutes of "American Pie".
    I do like his Vincent song, though.

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    I am so sorry to hear this news.
    I believe her.
    Been there, done that years ago.
    It's never okay to hit someone unless it is in self-defense. Never.
    She is finally doing the right thing for herself as well as for her children and anyone else who might become subject to his rage.
    The "strangle" comment was very telling.
    Be safe Ms McLean!
    jmo

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    Don McLean, Wife Agree to Dismiss Protection Order Case

    http://www.wcsh6.com/story/news/2016...case/79282414/

    The attorney for Don McLean said on Sunday that the folk singer and his wife have agreed to dismiss an order of protection case that followed the arrest of McLean on a domestic violence charge.

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