Duran Duran's Simon LeBon denies sexual assault claim

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From Digital Spy

The following article contains allegations of sexual misconduct that some readers may find distressing.

Duran Duran frontman Simon LeBon is denying an accusation that he sexually assaulted a woman during a record signing 23 years ago.

The singer of hits like 'Girls on Film', 'Rio' and 'The Reflex' has released a statement addressing a now-deleted Facebook post from a woman who claimed that he groped her without consent while she was assisting him at a promotional event in Los Angeles.

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The woman alleged in her post that LeBon squeezed her "butt cheek" and then slid his hand "way down [her] butt to [her] genitals" in an non-consensual gesture she called "smug, so self-assured, so unbelievably brazen".

In her post, the writer claimed that she told her then-boyfriend, her supervisor at now-defunct record store Warehouse and several co-workers, but chose not to go public at the time because she feared losing her job.

"If he wants to make amends to me, I am open to it," she wrote. "But I am stopping the silence. #TimesUp."

Her post on the Duran Duran Facebook page has since been deleted, but LeBon later penned a denial in which he insisted that he "cannot apologize for something he did not do".

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"The allegation is simply untrue," he wrote. "When [the accuser] 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."

The singer's publicist Katy Krassner agreed with LeBon's statement in a follow-up Facebook message, claiming that she was with him on the day in question and that the alleged assault "did not happen". The accuser has yet to respond further.

Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of sexual violence. If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland's helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.

Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.

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