Don McLean, famous for writing and recording the iconic song “American Pie”, was arrested early this morning in Camden. He was charged with domestic assault.

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According to the Bangor Daily News, the 70-year-old singer/songwriter's arrest by Camden police happened just before 2 am at his home. This was after a call a call was received by 911 dispatchers asking for help and when officers arrived on scene, they made the decision to arrest McLean.

Don McLean is world famous for his 1971 songAmerican Pie. It has been celebrated as one of the most culturally important tracks of 20th century and as the Bangor Daily News points out, made him a multimillionaire. McLean is originally from New York. He has lived in Maine for several years now on a 300-acre estate with his wife and he joined the Portland Symphony Orchestra for a performance of "American Pie" on the Eastern Prom during the Fourth of July celebration in 2013.

The police did not initially identify McLean’s wife as the victim of the domestic violence but did say the victim did not need hospital assistance. Don McLean was booked at Knox County Jail in Rockland and was released on $10,000 bail. He’ll make his first appearance in court in late-February.


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