Following a January 18 arrest in Camden, Maine, and a charge for domestic violence assault, additional criminal charges have now been heaped upon singer-songwriter Don McLean of “American Pie” fame. The Assistant District Attorney for Knox County, Christopher Fernald, released a statement yesterday saying that his office is now adding charges of terrorizing, criminal threatening, criminal restraint, criminal mischief and obstructing the reporting of a crime, according to a February 18 report from The Independent.
Initially, McLean was arrested in the early morning hours of January 18. Police were called to a residence via a 911 call around 2 a.m. and took the balladeer into custody and had him booked into a Knox County Jail cell by 3:13 a.m. Before his release later in the day, McLean had been charged with domestic violence assault, according to USA Today.
Chief Randy Gagne of the Camden Police Department said that the 70-year-old McLean was arrested without incident, according to the Penobscot Bay Pilot. The singer was released from the Knox County Jail following his arrest and after posting $10,000 unsecured bail.
Originally, it was never divulged as to who made the 911 call or the recipient of McLean’s domestic violence assault. Gagne did say that no-one at the residence required medical attention as a result of the assault. But The Independent reported that following his January arrest, “McLean’s wife filed a handwritten request for protection.” In a joint statement, McLean and his wife announced afterwards that the order was dismissed.
A lawyer for the singer said that McLean is pleading not guilty to all of the charges. His case is set to be back on the court docket for February 22. McLean doesn’t have to be in court for those proceedings as he’s already entered his plea.
McLean, a resident of Camden, became a musical icon with his 1971 hit “American Pie” which chronicled the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper in a plane crash on “the day the music died,” according to the song’s stirring lyrics. Since then he’s continued to record and perform and “has amassed more than 40 gold and platinum records worldwide during his career,” according to the BBC.
Back in April 2013, McLean sold the handwritten lyrics and accompanying notes to “American Pie” at a Christie’s auction for $1.2 million, according to an earlier report from the Penobscot Bay Pilot. His last live gig was at the local lobster festival in Maine last August. For more on Don McLean’s arrest for domestic violence assault, see the video accompanying this article.