Steely Dan co-founder Donald Fagen was arrested on Monday, January 4, for allegedly assaulting his wife, Libby Titus, in the couple’s Upper East Side apartment. According to a report in the New York Daily News, the 67-year-old Fagen allegedly shoved Titus, 69, into a marble frame and knocked her to the ground.
More specifically, according to a police statement given to Rolling Stone, the two were in a verbal dispute when he grabbed Titus by her arm and pushed her to the ground, resulting in severe bruising. As Titus told the New York Post, “I don’t feel good. I’m very tired and I’m divorcing my husband.”
Fagen was released Tuesday morning without bail after his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court. He was officially charged with misdemeanor assault. As the Post reports, Fagen’s been ordered to stay away from Titus.
The couple married in 1993, though they met in the mid-’60s while attending Bard College. Fagen co-founded Steely Dan around that time, of course, but Titus has had a successful career in her own right, releasing several country albums over the past 40 years.