Duran star’s response to grope claim was ‘elegant’
BANDMATE SUPPORTS SIMON
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“His response was very elegant,” the guitarist said.
In July, frontman Simon, 59, denied claims that he inappropriately touched Shereen Hariri during a record signing in Los Angeles 23 years ago.
He said the allegations were “simply untrue” adding: “The behaviour Ms Hariri has accused me of would have been just as inappropriate and unacceptable to me then as it is today.
“When Ms Hariri first contacted me about her claim months ago I proposed meeting 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 apologise for my failings. But I cannot apologise for something I did not do.”
Bandmate John, 58, said: “I think his response was very elegant and I think there was an opportunity to move it forward and you know it seemed to find its level.
“What is extraordinary is I’M not saying I’m a gold digger, but the idea of a treasure hunt made my ears prick up.
Not even the prospect of digging for goodies supposedly buried by a man who styled himself “Britain’s most violent prisoner” put me off.
Yes, I was about to go looking for a stash squirrelled away by the notorious Charles Bronson.
Armed robber Bronson, 65, shown above, has spent most of his adult life behind bars, along with stints in such establishments as Broadmoor.
The beefy brute had buried loot, reportedly including a gold bar, antique jewellery and a gold pocket watch.
There was no time to waste, so I set off to Bluebell Woods in Luton armed with a compass, shovel and a pick axe. someone can do that and it gets picked up by the press around the world and it Bronson’s letter claimed he had marked the spot where he stashed “his” valuables in the 1980s. But while there was no sign of his initials, I found what looked like 1981 scrawled on a large beech tree in a secluded spot in the forest. Had I struck gold? As I dug around the tree roots, I thought of what I would spend the fortune on. And when my shovel struck something solid, I believed I might have hit the tin box where moustachioed Bronson, who now goes by the name of Charles Salvador, had hidden the loot. As I uncovered the earth round it, I saw a glint and slowly dug out... a gold Jamaican Ginger Beer can. My search for gold had not panned out. Maybe a “Ron”, who also scrawled his initials into the tree in 2015, had got there first. Let’s hope for his sake Mr Bronson doesn’t get to hear about it. becomes an international news story. As far as I know, it has gone as far as it is going to go.”
Speaking at London store Liberty’s during the D.S. & Durga X Duran Duran fragrance launch, John said he “supposed” false claims “are going to happen” in the current narrative of Me Too.
In a statement posted on Duran Duran’s official Facebook page but since deleted, Ms Hariri, 47, accused Simon of grabbing her “butt cheek” before “making his way down my butt to my genitals”.
She alleged the incident occurred at the record shop while she was assisting Simon.
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