Don McLean has been further accused of domestic violence charges, it has emerged today (February 22).
The American Pie singer is apparently facing more charges, of which relate to his original domestic violence accusation from his wife in Maine, Florida in 2015.
According to Billboard, McLean was due to appear in court today (Monday February 22) but didn’t appear because he had already entered a plea. In his absence, the Knox County district attorney’s office have added a further five charges against the singer. McLean is pleading Not Guilty on all six charges.
McLean said in a statement Monday that the new charges do not change his position that he is not guilty. He says the case is “a tragedy for our family and especially my wife.”
The writer and singer of ‘American Pie’, 70, was arrested on a misdemeanour domestic violence charge at 2am on January 18.
Billboard reports that McLean’s attorney Walter McKee has confirmed that the singer-songwriter has entered a not-guilty plea in writing.
Following the arrest, McLean’s wife, Patrisha, had issued a restraining order against him. It has now been revealed that the protection order was dismissed.
McLean recently said that he is “not a villain” following the alleged incident.
“This last year and especially now have been hard emotional times for my wife my children and me,” he wrote on Twitter. “What is occurring is the very painful breakdown of an almost 30-year relationship.”
“Our hearts are broken and we must carry on,” he continued. “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.”
In her statement to the police, Patrisha McLean said, “On Jan. 17, Don terrorized me for four hours until the 911 call that I think might have saved my life. He was scaring me with the intensity of his rage and the craziness in his eyes.
“My husband has/had a violent temper,” she continued. “For the first 10 years or so his rage was unfathomably deep and very scary – calling me horrible things like ‘hebe’ (I’m Jewish).”
However, when her statement was made public, she responded, “I was blindsided by this report being made public. Don is not a monster,” adding that his temper was “only one side of him”.