Singer Don McLean has criticized a US university after a lifetime achievement award was rescinded because of his 2016 arrest for domestic abuse.

The American Pie star was due to be presented with the George and Ira Gershwin Award by the UCLA Student Alumni Association.

But it withdrew the honour, saying it “rejects any behaviour – including violence and the threat of violence”.

McLean responded: “This has been all over the internet for three years.”

Although he denied physically assaulting now-ex-wife Patrisha McLean, the singer pleaded guilty to domestic violence assault in 2016 as part of a plea agreement after police were called to a disturbance at his home.

The charges were dismissed in 2017 under the terms of the deal, which included staying out of trouble for a year.

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