CAMDEN, Maine — Renowned singer/songwriter Don McLean was arrested early Monday morning and charged with domestic violence assault.
Local police charged the 70-year-old after responding to a 911 call from McLean’s Camden home shortly before 2 a.m., according to Camden police Chief Randy Gagne. The chief declined to provide further details about the alleged assault.
McLean was arrested without incident and taken to Knox County Jail in Rockland. He was released within a few hours on $10,000 unsecured bail.
He is scheduled to make his initial appearance on the charge in Knox County Unified Court in Rockland Feb. 22.
Though the victim of the assault was not identified, to be classified as a domestic violence charge, the incident must have involved a household member or partner under Maine law.
The chief did say that the victim did not need to go to the hospital.
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” and became an international star.
McLean’s original working manuscript for “American Pie,” one of the most iconic songs of the 20th century, sold for $1.2 million last year.