“American Pie” singer Don McLean is slamming UCLA after the university quickly rescinded a lifetime achievement award they offered to him because of his past domestic violence arrest.
The 73-year-old announced Monday that he was to receive the George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement, presented by the Student Alumni Association of UCLA. Past recipients included Julie Andrews, Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles.
But the Portland Press Herald reports that the award was rescinded after the association was told of a domestic disturbance involving Don and Patrisha McLean in 2016.
McLean pleaded guilty to domestic violence assault, which was dismissed after he met the terms of a plea agreement. The couple are now divorced.
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"American Pie" singer Don McLean won't be getting a lifetime achievement award from UCLA after all. (Photo: Mark Humphrey, AP)
In response, McLean issued a statement addressed to UCLA on Facebook, asking, “Are you people morons?”
“This has been all over the internet for 3 years…This is settled law. Maybe I need to give you some bribe money to grease the college wheels,” he wrote, calling the domestic disturbance a “squabble with my ex wife.”
McLean continued: “Don’t ever come near me again unless you offer me an apology for the damage you have done me. I am guilty of nothing to do with assault and you had better make that clear. We live in a dark age of accusation and not law.”
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McLean’s spokesman called it “disrespectful” for an award to be rescinded over failure to conduct due diligence on a widely reported incident.
Contributing: Cydney Henderson
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