ROCKLAND, Maine — Less than two months after singer/songwriter Don McLean was arrested and charged with domestic violence assault, his wife has filed for divorce.
Patrisha McLean’s attorney Gene Libby of Kennebunk filed the papers Thursday in the Knox County Unified Court. The reasons cited for the divorce were “adultery, cruel and abusive treatment, and irreconcilable differences.”
Patrisha McLean has asked that she be given sole possession of the couple’s Camden home and that her husband vacate the residence in no more than 14 days. She also is asking that he pay for her attorney’s fees. She said his income in 2014 exceeded $1 million.
Libby issued a statement Friday on the decision by Patrisha McLean to file for divorce: “After having time to reflect on her marriage, Patrisha decided that divorce is in her best interest, both physically and emotionally.”
A telephone message left Friday morning with Don McLean’s divorce lawyer, Michael Asen of Portland, was not immediately returned.
Don McLean was arrested by Camden police on Jan. 18 at his Hope Road home and charged with domestic violence assault. He was released on unsecured bail a few hours after being taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland.
Last month, the district attorney’s office officially filed six charges against Don McLean: domestic violence assault, domestic violence terrorizing, domestic violence criminal threatening, criminal restraint, criminal mischief and obstructing the report of a crime.
The 70-year-old faces up to 364 days in jail on each of the offenses, which are all Class D misdemeanors.
Don McLean has pleaded not guilty to all charges and his criminal defense lawyer Walter McKee said last month that they looked forward to finally having access to police reports and “moving forward with an aggressive defense.”
According to the criminal complaint filed with the court, the assault charge alleges that McLean injured the victim or committed offensive physical contact. The terrorizing charge alleges that McLean threatened to assault or murder the victim. The criminal threatening charge alleges that he placed her in fear of imminent bodily injury.
The remaining charges allege that he prevented the victim from leaving the residence, destroyed a door and/or door frame and prevented the victim from using the telephone.
The other person is not being named by the Bangor Daily News because she may be a victim of domestic violence.
Success came to McLean in 1969 when he recorded his first album, “Tapestry,” with a pair of songs from the record making the charts: “Castles in the Air” and “And I Love You So.”
Two years later, he recorded “American Pie,” one of the most iconic songs of the 20th century, and became an international star.