Some in Florida will recall the tune of "American Pie," a hit single from the 1970s by musician Don McLean. McLean has recently made headlines, not for his musical career achievements, but over allegations of domestic violence. His wife of 30 years has filed for divorce, and she is claiming that her husband has been abusive for the majority of their time together.
The couple raised two children together, both of whom are now adults. In January of this year, Patricia McLean called police to report that her husband had assaulted her. She claims that the two argued, and that her husband terrorized her over a period of hours, at one point allegedly pressing her head between his palms and squeezing until she was in significant pain. In filing for divorce, she cites adultery, irreconcilable differences, and cruel and abusive treatment.
McLean, on the other hand, insists that the abuse allegations are false. He points to a documentary that was made about his life and family as evidence of the stability of his marriage. He has also issued a public statement to ask that he not be judged based on media coverage of his divorce and arrest for domestic violence.
As this case moves forward, additional information may become available to those in Florida who will follow the matter. Domestic violence is a serious issue and one that deserves to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Very often, individuals outside of a marriage have no idea what is taking place within that union. As the legal matter plays out, it is important to remember that not every accusation of domestic violence is based in fact, and not every denial of guilt is true.
Source: People, "'American Pie' Singer Don McLean's Wife Files for Divorce: 'She Has Chosen to Characterize Our Relationship in a Completely Distorted and Untrue Manner'", George Stark and Chris Harris, March 10, 2016