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Don McLean, Wife ‘Agree to Move Forward’, Dismiss Protection Order Request

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A request for an order of protection filed by Don McLean’s wife Patrisha after her husband’s alleged assault of her has been dismissed, following a request from the couple. According to a statement, “[n]either party is seeking a divorce,” and the couple is now looking to “move forward and rebuild their lives.”

A statement posted to Don McLean’s official website explains that “[t]he protection order case is being dismissed by agreement.” It also includes a statement from Patrisha McLean, in which she admits that she was unaware that her statement about the alleged assault, which she was using to seek the order of protection, would be made public. She also asks fans “to ignore the sensationalist, scabrous headlines.”

“I did not intend to define Don or our relationship based solely on the events recounted in the statement,” Patrisha McLean explains. “Don has a big heart. He and I had many happy times in the 30 years of our marriage, and what has recently transpired is unfortunate for all of us.”

Police were called to the McLeans’ Camden, Maine, home at around 2AM on Jan. 18. Don McLean was charged with a domestic violence misdemeanor and spent a few hours in Knox County Jail before posting $10,000 bail and being released around 11:30AM. On Jan. 21, the singer released a statement explaining, in part, that “[w]hat is occurring is the very painful breakdown of an almost 30 year relationship … There are no winners or losers, but I am not a villain …”

Patrisha McLean had obtained a temporary order of protection against her husband following the alleged assault. In her account of the incident, she states that Don McLean “terrorized me for four hours until the 911 call that I think might have saved my life.”

However, Don McLean’s attorney, Walter McKee, tells the Portland Press Herald, “There are two sides to the story here, and at the right time, Don’s side will be told. Suffice to say he will make clear that he engaged in zero criminal behavior this past weekend.”

Although the request for an order of protection has been dismissed, the criminal case against Don McLean will still proceed, beginning with a court date on Feb. 22. McKee tells the Portland Press Herald that his client will plead not guilty.

After releasing his debut album, Tapestry, in 1970, McLean scored the biggest hit of his career with “American Pie” one year later. In 1980, he earned a Top 10 hit on the country charts with “Crying,” originally recorded by Roy Orbison, from his Chain Lightning album; he also covered Hank Williams‘ “Your Cheatin’ Heart” on Chain Lightning. McLean and his wife have been married since 1987. The couple has two children and live on a 200-acre estate dubbed Lakeview.

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