McLean said he doesn't want to "be judged in this frantic media environment"
The wife of Don McLean says that the “American Pie” singer-songwriter has “terrorized” her for four hours before McLean was arrested at his Camden, Maine, home early Monday for alleged domestic violence.
Patrisha McLean provided the Knox County Court with a statement this week in support of her request seeking an order of protection, which was granted. In it, she says that Don McLean, 70, “pressed the palms of his hands against my temples and squeezed as though my head were in a vice.” She says that she has suffered from headaches since the alleged incident.
She adds, “My husband has a violent temper. For the first 10 years or so, his rage was unfathomably deep and very scary.”
She says McLean has been physical with her throughout their marriage, and that McLean has said he wanted to kill her and recently threatened her with a gun, according to her statement.
Hours after Patrisha’s request for an order of protection was granted, Don McLean issued a statement saying he is “not a villain.”
“What is occurring is the very painful breakdown of an almost 30 year relationship,” he says in his statement.
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“Our hearts are broken and we must carry on. There are no winners or losers but I am not a villain,” McLean writes.
He adds, “I may never recover from this but I will try and hope to continue to entertain you all as I always have. I ask God to give us the strength to find new happiness and I hope people will realize that this will all be resolved but I hope I will not be judged in this frantic media environment.”
A statement from Patrisha later appeared on the website as well: “Don is not a monster. This is a very sad time for me and for him We had many happy times [and] years together.”
Don McLean rose to prominence during the early 1970s with “American Pie,” a song that has since been covered by dozens of artists, including Madonna.
He is booked for an Australian tour in March.
Patrisha McLean is a photographer who regularly exhibits her work.