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Exclusive: Art Garfunkel Insults Handicapped Fan

Mar. 20 2009, Published 6:50 a.m. ET

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Art Garfunkel finds himself stranded on a bridge over troubled water after insulting a handicapped fan at a recent concert, has learned exclusively.

The “other” half of the popular 60s duo, Simon & Garfunkel, stopped his show to berate a handicapped person while the brillo-headed singer was reading one of his original poems, according to several people who wrote about the scene on a blog.

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The incident took place at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, New York on March 12.

Terri Torrey, talent manager of the casino, confirmed to that an incident occurred but declined to be more specific. “Art Garfunkel did have a concert here recently and yes, there was an incident,” said Torrey.

And apparently it was quite an incident.

“He is an arrogant (bleep). I am sorry I did not walk out of the concert,” one fan wrote on a blog.

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Other fans chimed in, confirming the incident and calling Garfunkel a “jerk”, “arrogant” “ignorant” and more.

Garfunkel stopped reading his poem at least twice, according to the blog “The Errant Pen and Escaping Words,” and then finally said: “I try to be kind to the handicapped, but I’m trying to put on a show here.” A fan in a wheelchair was then apparently wheeled out.



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