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Don McLean on domestic violence arrest: 'Our hearts are broken, but I am not a villain'

By Marilyn Malara
Don McLean, who was arrested this week for domestic violence, says the past year has "been hard emotional times for my wife my children and me." File Photo by David Silpa/UPI
Don McLean, who was arrested this week for domestic violence, says the past year has "been hard emotional times for my wife my children and me." File Photo by David Silpa/UPI | License Photo

CAMDEN, Maine, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Singer-songwriter Don McLean, known for the hit 1971 song "American Pie," says a "painful breakdown" of his marriage was the backdrop for his recent domestic violence arrest.

McLean, 70, published his official statement in six tweets to his 5,000 followers Thursday as well as on his website, revealing the arrest was connected with "hard emotional times," for himself, his wife Patrisha and his children.

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"What is occurring is the very painful breakdown of an almost 30 year relationship," the musician wrote. "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. I ask God to give us the strength to find new happiness."

Early Monday morning, McLean was arrested and brought to Knox County Jail after an alleged domestic violence incident. He posted bail and was released several hours later.

The Portland Press Herald reports the singer's wife, Patrisha, successfully filed a temporary restraining order from her husband from Rockland District Court, making it illegal for Don McLean to contact her.

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"On Jan. 17, Don terrorized me for 4 hours until the 911 call that I think might have saved my life," Patrisha said in her request for a restraining order, obtained by the paper.

At the end of his statement, singer McLean said he hopes he "will not be judged in this frantic media environment."

McLean is scheduled to appear in Knox County Court on Feb. 22.

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