Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon denies sexually assaulting fan

Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon has denied a fan’s claim that he sexually assaulted her, saying her story is “simply untrue,” according to the BBC.

Shereen Hariri said in a Facebook post (which apparently has been deleted) that Le Bon, now 59, was posing for photos and groped her “butt cheek” and began “making his way down my butt to my genitals” during an autograph-signing session at the Los Angeles record store where she worked in 1995.

“I was shocked and completely frozen,” she said, noting that she is seeking only an apology from Le Bon.

Hariri, who is now 47 and works as a therapist, said she was “afraid” to speak out in the years after the incident — “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,” she wrote — but had a change of heart after the release of Donald Trump’s notorious “grab them by the pussy” tape.

“I decided that time’s up. I’m not holding this secret anymore,” she wrote in her statement. “I want everyone to know what this man did to me. I hope he comes clean publicly. I hope he make amends to his wife and daughters.”

Le Bon responded late Wednesday in a post on the band’s Facebook page. “I have read the statement which Ms. Hariri posted yesterday on Facebook about a record signing 23 years ago at Wherehouse in L.A.,” he wrote. “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.

“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.”

Hariri’s lawyer, Sarah Prescott, claimed that Le Bon pulled out of the meeting. “We were within a hair’s breath [sic] to do a sit-down with him,” she told the Detroit Free Press.

“He never admitted anything, It was more of, ‘I can come and tell you how sorry I am that this happens to women,’ ” said Prescott. “The stance [from his attorneys] was, ‘There were a lot of drugs taken those days. He’s not going to remember any particular lady or any particular moment.’ ”

In a comment on the post, the band’s longtime publicist Katy Krassner wrote, “I was also at the in-store event in 1995,” she wrote, “and 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. Apart from anything else, as any fan knows, these kinds of events are a whirlwind of quick handshakes and photo calls which literally last a matter of seconds.The idea that he sat there, right next to his band mates, in front of a bunch of cameras, reaching behind him to sexually assault someone that day is simply ludicrous.”

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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Bass player John Taylor and singer Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran perform live on stage at the O2 Arena on December 12, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Singer Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran performs live on stage at the O2 Arena on December 12, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 23: Simon LeBon performing live with Duran Duran at the Cat Club on June 23, 1987 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Catherine McGann/Getty Images)
English new romantic pop group Duran Duran at the Montreux pop festival, Switzerland, 15th May 1985. Left to right: Simon Le Bon, Andy Taylor, John Taylor, Nick Rhodes, and Roger Taylor. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
English new romantic pop group Duran Duran, circa 1985. Left to right: John Taylor, Nick Rhodes, Simon LeBon, Andy Taylor, Roger Taylor. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 18: Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran performs live on stage during dayone of the Love Box Weekender at Victoria Park on July 18, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 23: Simon LeBon performing live with Duran Duran at the Cat Club on June 23, 1987 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Catherine McGann/Getty Images)
Guitarist John Taylor of the British pop group Duran Duran, 1984. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)
Singer Simon Le Bon of the British pop group Duran Duran, c. 1984. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)
Portrait of bassist Andy Taylor of the British pop group Duran Duran posing in a dry docked fisherman's boat, probably on location for a video shoot for the album, 'Rio,' c. 1983. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)
British singer Simon Le Bon, front man of Duran Duran, wearing a leather jacket, 1987. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
The British band Duran Duran posing. The band is formed by British singer Simon Le Bon, British keyboard player Nick Rhodes (Nicholas James Bates) and British bassist John Taylor. 1987. (Photo by Rino Petrosino/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
Singer Simon Le Bon of the British pop group Duran Duran stands on stage in a spotlight, holding two tambourines in his outstretched hands during a concert, 1984. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Bassist John Taylor and guitarist Andy Taylor of Duran Duran perform on stage at Wembley Arena in London, England on December 19, 1983. (Photo by Rogers/Express/Getty Images)
Screaming Duran Duran fans in the front row during a concert held at Wembley Arena in London, England on December 19, 1983. (Photo by Rogers/Express/Getty Images)
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Guitarist Andy Taylor performing in Manchester with new romantic pop group Duran Duran, 6th December 1983. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Alison Moyet, Simon LeBon of Duran Duran and Boy George of Culture Club pose at the Daily Mirror Rock & Pop Awards, February 1982. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
British singer Simon Le Bon, British keyboardist Nick Rhodes and British bassist John Taylor, members of the band Duran Duran, posing in a living room used as a photographic studio. Italy, 1987 (Photo by Rino Petrosino/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
British pop group Duran Duran looking down from a balcony, c. 1983. L-R: Singer Simon Le Bon, bassist Andy Taylor, keyboardist Nick Rhodes, drummer Roger Taylor and bassist John Taylor. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Bassist John Taylor of the British pop group Duran Duran smiles while posing in a dry docked fisherman's boat, probably on location for a video shoot for the album, 'Rio,' c. 1983. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 18: Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran performs live on stage during dayone of the Love Box Weekender at Victoria Park on July 18, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 12: (L-R) Bassist John Taylor of Duran Duran makes an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America live in Times Square on October 12, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 12: Singer Simon LeBon and Keyboards Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran make an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America live in Times Square on October 12, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 12: Singer Simon LeBon of Duran Duran makes an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America live in Times Square on October 12, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 12: Singer Simon LeBon of Duran Duran makes an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America live in Times Square on October 12, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 12: Singer Simon LeBon of Duran Duran makes an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America live in Times Square on October 12, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
Lead singer Simon Le Bon of British band Duran Duran performing on stage in mid 1980's. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
Nick Rhodes, the keyboard player for pop group Duran Duran, marries heiress Julie Anne Friedman in London, 18th August 1984. (Photo by Tony Weaver/Express/Getty Images)
Portrait of Duran Duran bassist John Taylor in 1985. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Photo of DURAN DURAN; Simon LeBon, posed, studio, wearing silk scarf (Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns)
Duran Duran in the 1980's. (Photo by Andy Earl/Photoshot/Getty Images)
Duran Duran in the 1980's. (Photo by Andy Earl/Photoshot/Getty Images)
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