Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon denies groping allegation: It's 'simply untrue'
Duran Duran front man Simon Le Bon shot down claims Wednesday that he sexually assaulted a fan at a Los Angeles record store signing more than 20 years ago.
Shereen Hariri took to Facebook to accuse the “Hungry Like the Wolf” singer of groping her butt cheek and genitals in 1995 when she was working at the LA record store Wherehouse.
Hariri claimed the singer was signing autographs and posing for photographs when she felt his 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, then rubbing my labia,” according to the Detroit Free Press.
The 47-year-old, now a therapist, said Le Bon’s actions “shocked” her and left her “completely frozen,” but she never came forward for fear of being branded “The Girl Who Accused Simon Le Bon” in the press.
But when footage of Donald Trump on “Access Hollywood” bragging of grabbing women by their genitals and getting away with it was released in October 2016, Hariri felt it was time she came forward with her long-buried story — not for compensation, but simply for an apology.
“I want everyone to know what this man did to me. I hope he comes clean publicly,” she wrote. “I hope he makes amends to his wife and daughters… If he wants to make amends to me, I am open to it. But I am stopping the silence. #TimesUp.”
Le Bon, who shares three daughters with his wife of more than 30 years, took to Duran Duran’s official Facebook page to issue a statement of his own Wednesday denying Hariri’s account.
“The behavior that Ms. Hariri has accused me of, would have been just as inappropriate and unacceptable to me then as it is today,” he wrote. “But the allegation is simply untrue.”
The singer, 59, wrote that Hariri came to him with the claim months ago, and though he suggested they meet in person to discuss it, she declined, and instead took the story public.
“I have always been one who can admit my mistakes and apologize for my failings. But I cannot apologize for something I did not do,” he wrote.
Hariri’s attorney Sarah Prescott challenged Le Bon’s description of the failed meet-up, and told the Detroit Free Press that the two were “within a hair’s breadth” of a sitdown when Le Bon became flaky and it eventually fell through.
The singer’s account of the 1995 encounter was also backed up in the comments section of his post by Katy Krassner, a woman who claimed she has worked for Le Bon for 23 years and was in attendance the day of the alleged groping.
“I can tell you that what he is being accused of DID NOT happen. Simon was never out of my sight that entire day, as each of the people on the Duran Duran team were ‘assigned’ to a band member to help with the record signing,” she wrote.