Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon has denied a fan’s claim that he sexually assaulted her at a meet-and-greet in the mid-1990s, claiming the allegation is “simply untrue.”
In a now-removed Facebook post, Shereen Hariri said the incident occurred when the band visited a record store in Los Angeles where she worked in 1995.
According to Hariri, the British alternative-rock outfit was posing for photographs with staff and fans when the singer grabbed her “butt cheek” and started “making his way down my butt to my genitals”.
She continued, “I was shocked and completely frozen,” adding she was “afraid of the consequences” of speaking up about 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,” her post continued.
Hariri, now 47 and working as a therapist, says she had a change of heart after the leaking of Donald Trump’s infamous “grab them by the pussy” recording and the gathering momentum of the Time’s Up and Me Too movements.
The woman simply wants an apology and has not filed a lawsuit, her legals tell the Detroit Free Press, which broke the story. Hariri couldn’t sue if she wanted to, they add, because the statute of limitations for such cases is two years.