New York Times tech guru David Pogue and his wife have been charged with disorderly conduct following a domestic dispute Monday at their Westport home that police said turned physical.
Pogue, 48, and Jennifer Pogue, 47, were issued the summonses following the apparent altercation at their home on Woody Lane about 10:30 p.m. Monday, police said.
The Pogues are the parents of three children -- ages 13, 12 and 9 -- and the dispute apparently erupted when Jennifer Pogue paid a visit on a night that David Pogue had visitation rights with the children, police said.
An argument ensued, which Jennifer Pogue decided to record on her iPhone, police said. David Pogue contends that, during a struggle over the phone, "When he wouldn't let go, she bit his arm," said police Capt. Sam Arciola.
Jennifer Pogue, however, told police she was lying in bed reading a book when her husband took her phone and struck her in the head.
Police did not seize the phone for evidence, but the video was reviewed before officers departed. "The recording substantiated some of the claims," Arciola said.
David Pogue happened to be speaking Thursday at a conference at the Shelton Marriott to benefit a charity dedicated to domestic violence victims.
Unaware that news about the charges had been posted by the Westport News and picked up by national media outlets such as the Huffington Post and Gawker, Pogue told reporters after the speech that Jennifer Pogue would soon be his ex-wife.
"Not really my ex yet," he said. "It's getting really messy."
When asked about the charges, Pogue said he had no comment.
"I don't think that's appropriate for the forum," he said.
David Pogue's lawyer, Mark D. Sherman, said in an emailed statement that he expects the charges against David Pogue to be dropped.
"The case arises from a brief confrontation between David and his wife," he said. "Obviously divorces can get emotional and we expect David to be cleared of this charge in due time."
They both appeared on the charges Tuesday in Norwalk Superior Court.
Case files in Superior Court say that Pogue and his wife were issued partial protective orders prohibiting them from assaulting, harassing or stalking each other. They are scheduled to return to court June 22.
Pogue frequently makes references to his family in his discussions and in YouTube videos.
On Thursday afternoon, Pogue, an energetic speaker with more than 1.3 million Twitter followers, devoted part of his talk to the viral nature of the internet.
He talked about news spreading rapidly via Twitter and Facebook just as those social media networks were buzzing with news of the alleged dispute.
Pogue appeared to be in good spirits and even used his background as a Broadway musical conducter, performing a medley of original, comedic songs on a piano.
The columnist was speaking at an event called the Technology Today Business Forum at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel. He said donated his services for what he called a "good cause," as the event was held to raise money for FSW, a Bridgeport-based social services organization formerly known as Family Services Woodfield.
Included in the services the charity provides is support for women and families who are dealing with domestic violence.
This is the second time in as many months that police have responded to an incident involving Pogue.
After an out-of-town talk in April, Pogue returned to find that his car had been vandalized at the Greens Farms Railroad Station. According the personal blog of Dan Woog, a Westport News columnist, all of the tires, wheels and rims were swiped overnight from Pogue's Honda Fit left in the rail depot's parking lot. But the subcompact was still jacked up where the wheel thieves had left it.
Since 2000, Pogue has been the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. The "State of the Art" column appears every Thursday on the front page of the Business section.
He also writes a daily Times blog, "Pogue's Posts," authoring a weekly e-mail Times newsletter, "From the Desk of David Pogue," and shoots humorous web videos for the newspaper.
He wrote a book called "The World According to Twitter," that was published in 2009. It featured daily questions he asked his Twitter followers and the answers they provided.
Pogue, a former Stamford resident, also appears frequently on radio and TV. He appears weekly on CNBC's "Power Lunch," monthly on CNBC's "On the Money," and several times a year on the "CBS News Sunday Morning." He has also appeared frequently on NPR's "Morning Edition" radio news magazine.
Prior to working at the Times, Pogue wrote several books in the "For Dummies" series, including editions for Opera, Classical Music and Magic. He has also created and written the "Missing Manual" series, which provides manuals for products and programs such as the iPhone, Microsoft Office, Mac OS X and Dreamweaver. He has also served as a columnist for Macworld Magazine.
Pogue, who lectures widely, gave a talk on the latest technology gift ideas last November before a full house at the Westport Public Library. At the time, he said the iPad was a top tech choice for a holiday gift.
Often billed in his appearances as a "gadget guru," he also has addressed hometown civic groups, like the Westport Rotary.
Staff Writer John Nickerson contributed to this report.
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