Don McLean pleads not guilty to domestic violence charge

Posted at 12:00 PM, Feb 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-08 12:00:01-05

CAMDEN, Maine (AP) — Don McLean's attorney says the singer has entered a not-guilty plea to a domestic violence charge in writing and will not appear in court later this month.

Police arrested the "American Pie" singer on the misdemeanor count on Jan. 18.

The next court date is Feb. 22. But attorney Walter McKee says nothing substantial will happen that day because McLean has already entered the plea.

After McLean's arrest, his wife filed a handwritten request for protection. The couple later announced through McKee that they had "agreed to move forward" and the protection order was dismissed.

"American Pie" topped the Billboard chart 44 years ago. The singer lives in coastal Camden, Maine.