Both got arrested. Both seem to be colluding to smooth over the whole dismal matter now. Brickell is cracking jokes. "The police called it disorderly. Thank God it's orderly now." Does she write her own domestic-dispute jokes?
Do we need to revisit the old Battered
The syndrome develops in response to a three-stage cycle.... First, tension builds in the relationship. Second, the abusive partner releases tension via violence while blaming the victim for having caused the violence. Third, the violent partner makes gestures of contrition. However, the partner does not find solutions to avoid another phase of tension building and release so the cycle repeats.What's more orderly than a cycle that repeats in a 3-stage order? But who knows whether there's a syndrome in the Edie-and-Paul situation? I thought her statement sounded like what supposedly typifies the victim in a syndrome, but I can also see how her statement resembles the typical contrition of the violent partner. I note that she is considerably younger than he is and considerably larger. He snapped her up when she was in her early 20s and he was a long-established pop star. She'd just had a big hit. It's worth noting that her mother was present for the fight, and her mother called the cops.
ADDED: At the first link, to the Daily News, someone named Allan Cramer is quoted. (He's not identified, but Googling, I found out he's the lawyer for both of them. Conflict of interest?) Cramer described the fight as a "discussion" that Edie wanted to have and Paul tried to walk out on: "He tried to leave and she kind of locked the door." I don't know how one "kind of" locks a door, and in the article I found that identifies Cramer as "the couple’s attorney" — this article in The Washington Post — Cramer is paraphrased as saying that Edie "tried to block the door." The Daily News said that the kind-of locking of the door left Edie's mother "Alarmed," and that's why she called the police. The Washington Post piece says that the mother called 911 and then hung up and that the judge accepted the story that "One of them pushed the other" — which one was which? — and there was really nothing. The WaPo writer speculates that it could be a PR scheme:
In the wacky world in which we now live, where guerrilla publicity is de rigueur, this could conceivably be considered normal. It’s an actual media strategy that’s routinely deployed when an artist has something to promote: Do something nutty that possibly results in arrest. Get the media talking about it. Agree to interviews. Refuse to talk about the nutty thing you did, and insist you only want to talk about “the work.”But that seems unlikely in the case of these two.