Don McLean, the artist who wrote and performed the hit song "American Pie," has been taken into custody and charged with domestic violence. According to a spokesman for the Knox County Jail in Maine, McLean was booked at the jailhouse at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Monday morning.
Released on $10,000 Bail
The 70-year-old singer-songwriter was arrested in the coastal city of Camden. A call was made to authorities to report an instance of domestic violence at 2 a.m. Authorities arrived soon after and arrested McLean. Just an hour after the booking, McLean had already secured his release by paying $10,000 in bail money.
Corporal Bradley Woll from the jail said that McLean is facing a domestic violence charge, but he did not know what circumstance surrounded the arrest. Domestic violence is a Class D misdemeanor in Maine. Woll also mentioned that it's rare they see celebrities at their jail.
McLean's first court hearing for the domestic violence charge has been scheduled for Feb. 22, in Rockland, at the Knox County Unified Court.
Controversy for an American Legend
Don McLean is most famous for the mega-hit "American Pie," which reached the top of the Billboard charts in 1971. The eight-minute song includes six verses referencing the social revolution that took place among American youth during the 1960s and 1970s, and it is also about the tragic deaths of Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens in a plane crash. "American Pie" was so influential that the Recording Industry Association of American and the National Endowment for the Arts dubbed it as the "Song of the Century." Last year, McLean's original rough manuscript of the song sold for $1.2 million at an auction.
According to sources, McLean lives in Camden with his wife Patrisha, who is a photographer. He is still a working musician and is planning to complete a performance tour in Australia this March; however, these charges could complicate his ability to complete such a tour. It does not matter how famous or successful a person is, if he or she is charged with a criminal act, the courts will not be swayed by someone's celebrity status.
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