The 67-year-old is charged with assault and harassment
Steely Dan frontman Donald Fagen has been charged with assaulting his wife at their Manhattan home.
Police allege the 67-year-old musician shoved Libby Titus into a marble window frame, knocking her to the ground on Monday (January 4) after a verbal altercation turned violent. He was later arrested.
According to a criminal complaint, she suffered bruising and swelling. Fagen was released without bail yesterday (January 5) and was charged with assault and harassment after a brief appearance at Manhattan Criminal Court. He was ordered to stay away from Titus and she has been given an order of protection against the lead singer. The couple have been married for over 20 years.
The 69-year-old – who herself is a folk singer – told Page Six she would now be divorcing Fagen. She said: ”I don’t feel good. I’m very tired and I’m divorcing my husband.”
The couple met while attending Bard College in the 1960s but Libby left before finishing after marrying novelist Barry Titus with whom she had a son. She later had a daughter with musician Levon Helm.
Titus and Fagan reunited in the late 80s before they married in 1993. She is credited with helping inspire him again to dedicate himself to live performances.
Fagen launched the Steely in 1972 with guitarist Walter Becker. The band broke up in 1981 but in the nineties reunited and went on to create two more albums including the Grammy-winning ‘Two Against Nature’ and their final release in 2003 ‘Everything Must Go’.
Steely Dan were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2001.