Du­ran star’s re­sponse to grope claim was ‘el­e­gant’

BAND­MATE SUP­PORTS SI­MON

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Halina Watts SHOW­BIZ ED­I­TOR by An­to­nia Paget

If my ca­reer ended to­mor­row, I know I would be ab­so­lutely OK. But if things went wrong be­tween me and Dan it would be the end of my world. Ca­reer woman Holly Wil­loughby ex­plains why lov­ing her hus­band is more im­por­tant to her than work We’ve got three chil­dren with a life­long con­di­tion we knew noth­ing about. Noth­ing can pre­pare you for that. You have to learn on the job. He’s do­ing ab­so­lutely amaz­ing. Chris­tine Mcguin­ness praises hus­band Paddy on TV talk­ing about their chil­dren’s autism. DU­RAN Du­ran’s John Tay­lor has praised his band­mate Si­mon Le Bon for the way he han­dled sex as­sault al­le­ga­tions against him.

“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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BACK­ING MU­SI­CIAN: John with Si­mon

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