Simon Le Bon has denied claims he sexually assaulted a lady throughout a file signing in Los Angeles 23 years in the past.
The 59-year-old Duran Duran entrance man mentioned allegations that he inappropriately touched Shereen Hariri have been “fully unfaithful”.
In a press release, posted on Duran Duran’s official Fb web page however since deleted, Ms Hariri accused Le Bon of grabbing her “butt cheek” earlier than “making his method down my butt to my genitals”.
Ms Hariri alleges the incident occurred on the file store the place she labored on the time – The Warehouse – whereas she was aiding Le Bon on the signing desk and he was posing for photographs.
She mentioned she was left “shocked and fully frozen” and was “afraid of the implications” of claiming something on the time.
She referred to as the alleged assault “smug, so confident, so unbelievably brazen”.
She wrote: “If I made a scene, I might be within the press: The ‘Woman Who Accused Simon Le Bon’. I might in all probability be fired, rejected, ignored, even hated.”
She mentioned she advised her then-boyfriend, not less than one supervisor and several other co-workers what had occurred on the time.
Ms Hariri, who was 24 when the alleged assault occurred, now works as a therapist in Los Angeles, and says she desires “everybody to know what this man did to me”.
Referring to Le Bon’s spouse Yasmin and his three daughters in her assertion, she alluded to Donald Trump, writing: “I hope none of them are grabbed by the pussy by a strong man simply because he can.”
She mentioned she had determined to open up in regards to the alleged assault after first watching the 2016 video by which Mr Trump makes offensive remarks about girls.
Ms Hariri concludes: “If he desires to make amends to me, I’m open to it. However I’m stopping the silence. #TimesUp.”
Whereas she shouldn’t be looking for compensation, she says she would love an apology.
In response, Le Bon posted a message on Duran Duran’s official Fb web page.
He wrote: “The behaviour that Ms Hariri has accused me of, would have been simply as inappropriate and unacceptable to me then as it’s immediately. However the allegation is just unfaithful.
“When Ms Hariri first contacted me about her declare months in the past, I proposed assembly along with her in particular person so I may set the file straight. As an alternative, she has determined to pursue this publicly.
“I’ve all the time been one who can admit to my errors and apologise for my failings. However I can’t apologise for one thing I didn’t do.”
Le Bon’s publicist, Katy Krassner, mentioned she had been with him all through the “complete day” and that “what he’s being accused of DID NOT occur”.
She added: “The concept he sat there, proper subsequent to his band mates, in entrance of a bunch of cameras, reaching behind him to sexually assault somebody that day is just ludicrous.”
Hariri’s lawyer, Sarah Prescott, advised the Detroit Free Press that her shopper had gone public with the story after Le Bon pulled out of a sit-down assembly along with her.