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Jewish Wife of Don McLean Claims He Called Her ‘Hebe’ and Other Antisemitic Names

Don and Partisha McLean pictured together in April 2014

The wife of famed American singer-songwriter Don McLean claimed the musician called her antisemitic names in the beginning of their 30-year marriage, according to court documents revealed on Thursday.

“My husband has/had a violent temper, ” Patrisha McLean wrote in a statement filed in Rockland District Court that supports her request for a restraining order against her husband. “For the first 10 years or so his rage was unfathomably deep and very scary — calling me horrible things like ‘hebe’ (I’m Jewish).”

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In her statement, first cited by the Portland Press Herald, Patrisha also described an incident that occurred in 1994, when the “American Pie” singer allegedly used his hands to squeeze her temples so tightly that she felt as though her head was in a vise. She said she called 911 on that occasion and that her husband, 70, has had better control over his temper in the last 20 years, except for his alleged violent outburst on Sunday.

Patrisha claimed in her court papers that on Sunday, “Don terrorized me for 4 hours until the 911 call that I think might have saved my life.”

Don was arrested on Monday in Camden, Maine and charged with domestic violence assault against his wife, who secured a restraining order after his arrest.

“He was scaring me with the intensity of his rage and the craziness in his eyes, ” the photographer said in her statement about the incident on Sunday. She said when she tried to leave, he allegedly “grabbed [her] hard and said, ‘I want to strangle you so bad.’”

Patrisha said she then grabbed her cellphone and ran to the bathroom, where she locked herself in. She claimed, “He tried to break open the door and I feel he would have succeeded and killed me but for me telling him I was calling 911, which did deflate him.”

Don dismissed Patrisha’s accusations that he used antisemitic slurs against her, according to his defense attorney, Walter McKee.

“Don denies making any ethnic slurs to his wife, ” McKee said. “As with many of the statements made in the request for a protection order, this statement is patently untrue.”

Read the full story at Algemeiner, by SHIRYN GHERMEZIAN


Statement from Don McLean

“This last year and especially now have been hard emotional times for my wife my children and me.  What is occurring is the very painful breakdown of an almost 30 year relationship.   Our hearts are broken and we must carry on.  There are no winners or losers but I am not a villain.  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.”

Don McLean  Don McLean’s Biographer Alan Howard Tweeted Patrisha McLean (statement to New York Daily News published Jan 21)


Patrisha McLean is a renowned photographer whose last book, My Island, was released in June 2015 with over “100 black and white photographs of children from Maine islands, ” reports the Portland Press Herald.

According to Don McLean’s website, she is also his official tour photographer. On her website, Patrisha says her photos are on permanent display at the Farnsworth Museum and the Portland Museum of Art. They’ve also been displayed in Pittsburgh, Maine. She describes her style as:



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