‘American Pie’ Singer Don McLean Arrested for Domestic Assault

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Don McLean performing in 2014. Anthony Pidgeon/Redferns

Bad news is certainly on the doorstep for Don McLean. Police arrested the singer-songwriter, 70, for misdemeanor domestic assault in the early hours of Monday, January 18, chief Randy Gagne of the Camden Police Department in Maine confirms to Us Weekly.

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“Camden police officers responded to a 911 call at the Don McLean residence shortly before 2 a.m.,” Gagne tells Us. “Mr. McLean was arrested without incident and transported to the Knox County Jail in Rockland, Maine.”

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Don McLean’s mug shot. Courtesy of Knox County Jail

Police did not reveal who he allegedly attacked.

The musician, who is best known for his 1971 classic song “American Pie” — which he also wrote — was released after posting $10,000 bail, according to TMZ. His court date is set for February 22.

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McLean lives with his second wife, Patrisha — who he married in 1987 — and their two children, Jackie and Wyatt, on a 300-acre estate in Maine.

The folk-rock artist, whose “American Pie” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002, has continued to perform into his later years. He went on his 20th nationwide tour of the U.K. last year, and currently has concert dates scheduled in the U.S. for January and April, and is playing numerous dates in Australia in March.

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