Simon Le Bon has denied a fan’s claims he groped her while signing autographs in 1995.
Popstar Simon Le Bon has denied a fan’s claims he groped her while signing autographs in 1995.
The Duran Duran singer released a statement after record store worker Shereen Hariri went public with claims against him yesterday.
In allegations made on Facebook, Ms Hariri said Le Bon grabbed her ‘butt cheek’ and started ‘making his way down my butt to my genitals’.
Ms Hariri, now 47 and living in Los Angeles, wrote: ‘Simon Le Bon, lead singer of Duran Duran, sexually assaulted me at my workplace in April of 1995. It is time for me to talk about it.
‘While cameras clicked away, I felt Simon Le Bon’s left hand brashly and ridiculously move to my right butt cheek. He started massaging it, then kneading it more firmly, then making his way down my butt to my genitals.
‘I was shocked and completely frozen. I was being assaulted in the midst of that scene. I knew I had a smile still half-pasted on my face, but once the shock started to wear off a bit, my brain went into panic mode.’
Le Bon published this statement on Duran Duran’s Facebook page earlier today
She added: ‘I tried to figure out what to do. Should I dig my nails into some part of his body? Should I run to a phone and call the police? Should I scream? Hit him?
‘Time slowed down and my mind raced through consequences. If I made a scene, I’d be in the press: the Girl Who Accused Simon Le Bon. I’d probably be fired, rejected, ignored, even hated.’
It is unclear whether Ms Hariri, who was 24 at the time of the alleged attack, has reported the incident to police.
Le Bon denied her claims in a statement released on Duran Duran’s Facebook today.
He said: ‘I have read the statement which Ms Hariri posted yesterday on Facebook about a record signing 23 years ago at Wherehouse in LA.’
‘The behavior that Ms Hariri has accused me of, would have been just as inappropriate and unacceptable to me then as it is today. But the allegation is simply untrue.’
Le Bon found huge fame in the 1980s with his new romanic group Duran Duran
Le Bon’s statement continued: ‘When Ms Hariri first contacted me about her claim months ago, I proposed meeting with her in person so I could set the record straight. Instead, she has decided to pursue this publicly.
‘I have always been one who can admit to my mistakes and apologize for my failings. But I cannot apologize for something I did not do.’
Le Bon rose to fame with his band Duran Duran in the 1980s, part of the new romantic movement. They had hits with songs including Rio, Girls On Film and Ordinary World.