9 February, 2016 - NME.com
Don McLean has pleaded not guilty following his recent arrest for domestic violence against his wife.
The writer and singer of 'American Pie', 70, was arrested on a misdemeanour domestic violence charge at 2am on January 18.
Billboard reports that McLean's attorney Walter McKee has confirmed that the singer-songwriter has entered a not-guilty plea in writing.
The next court date is February 22, but McLean will not appear because he has already entered a plea.
Following the arrest, McLean's wife, Patrisha, had issued a restraining order against him. It has now been revealed that the protection order was dismissed.
McLean recently said that he is "not a villain" following the alleged incident.
"This last year and especially now have been hard emotional times for my wife my children and me," he wrote on Twitter. "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".