Don McLean on domestic violence charges and restraining order – ‘I am not a villain’

The singer's wife said he 'terrorized' her for four hours until she called 911

Don McLean has said that he is “not a villain” following the news that his wife, Patrisha, had issued a restraining order against him.

The writer and singer of ‘American Pie’ was arrested on a misdemeanour domestic violence charge on at 2am on Monday (January 18), but the same day he was released on bail from Knox County jail after posting a $10,000 (£7,000) bond.

Patrisha McLean then received a temporary protection from abuse order from Rockland district court, which prevented her husband from contacting her. In her statement to support her application, she wrote that McLean “terrorized me for four hours until the 911 call that I think might have saved my life”.


On Thursday McLean took to Twitter in response to his arrest and his wife’s restraining order. “This last year and especially now have been hard emotional times for my wife my children and me,” he wrote. “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”.

McLean will appear in court in February.