Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon has spoken out to deny that he sexually assaulted a fan, branding the claims “simply untrue”.
Shereen Hariri alleges that the singer groped her while he signed autographs at the record store where she worked in 1995.
Ms Hariri claims that Le Bon was taking photos with fans when he grabbed her bottom, before “making his way down my butt to my genitals”.
Posting on Facebook, she described how the alleged incident left her “shocked and completely frozen.”
Ms Hariri, 47, wrote: “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. I tried to figure out what to do… . 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.”
Ms Hariri now works as a therapist in Los Angeles. She has confirmed that she doesn’t intend to sue Le Bon, but was inspired to seek an apology after the release of Donald Trump’s pussygate tape.
“I decided that time’s up. I’m not holding this secret anymore. I want everyone to know what this man did to me”, she wrote.
“I hope he comes clean publicly. I hope he make amends to his wife and daughters,” explained Hariri’s statement. “I hope his daughters live in a better world than the one he created — and mine does too. I hope none of them are grabbed by the p— by a powerful man just because he can.”
In regard to yesterday’s Facebook post by Shereen Hariri, Simon has offered the following response:"I have read the…
Responding to the claims, Le Bon described it as “simple untrue”.
“The behaviour 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”, he wrote in a statement on Duran Duran’s Facebook page.
“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.”