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Don McLean’s Wife Files for Divorce After Abuse Allegations

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The wife of “American Pie” singer Don McLean has filed for divorce, two months after the singer was arrested and charged with domestic violence.

After police responded to a call at McLean’s home in Camden, Maine, in the early morning hours of Jan. 18, the 70-year-old musician was arrested and spent several hours in jail before posting a $10,000 bond. In February McLean was hit with additional charges, including threatening, terrorizing, criminal restraint, obstruction and criminal mischief. He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges against him, and is set for a court date in early April.

According to the Associated Press, McLean’s wife of 30 years, Patrisha, filed for divorce on Thursday (March 10), citing “adultery, cruel and abusive treatment, and irreconcilable differences.” Patrisha McLean’s attorney says she has gained “strength and insight away from his influence and control.”

Don McLean’s lawyer has also released a statement about the filing, saying his client denies the characterizations his wife’s attorney made of him and adding that the singer “cares very deeply about his wife and family” and “this wasn’t what he wanted.”

People reported that Patrisha got an order of protection against her husband in January, alleging that he has abused her throughout much of their marriage. She released a statement after her husband’s arrest that said, “Don is not a monster. This is a very sad time for me and for him … We had many happy times [and] years together.” A post to McLean’s website claimed she later withdrew her order of protection and that the couple were moving ahead with no plans to divorce, but the AP reports that McLean is currently prohibited from having any contact with her.

McLean responded to the negative publicity surrounding his arrest in a series of tweets, saying, “I am not a villain.”

The singer is best known for the iconic “American Pie,” but has also scored some country hits, most notably with his Chain Lightning album in 1978, which included a cover of Roy Orbison’s “Crying” that reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Country chart, as well as a cover of Gordon Lightfoot’s “If You Could Read My Mind” and Hank Williams’ “Your Cheatin’ Heart.”

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