DURAN DURAN: Simon Le Bon denies groping allegation
Simon LeBon is the latest showbiz big to be hit with charges of sexual imposition -- claims he quickly denied.
A woman named Shereen Hariri alleges that the Duran Duran singer groped her while he signed autographs at the record store where she worked in 1995, saying he first fondled her butt and then her private parts. Writing on Facebook, she said "I tried to figure out what to do… If I made a scene, I’d be in the press: the Girl Who Accused Simon LeBon. I’d probably be fired, rejected, ignored, even hated.”
Simon wasted no time issuing a written denial, insisting "The allegation is simply untrue. When Ms. Hariri 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.”
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THE ROLLING STONES: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards appear on Stones tribute album
The Rolling Stones started out as a band influenced by great Chicago bluesmen -- and now the some of the Windy City's blues legends are returning the favor.
Chicago Plays the Stones is due out September 14th, and it features Stones classics like "Satisfaction," "Sympathy for the Devil" and "Miss You" done by various blues singers. And two Stones appear on the album -- Mick Jagger joins Buddy Guy on "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)," and Keith Richards plays alongside Jimmy Burns on "Beast of Burden."
PAUL SIMON: New album coming in September
Paul Simon's next album gives him the opportunity to re-visit 10 of his compositions.
Due September 7th, In the Blue Light reunites Simon with producer Roy Halee, who first worked with him on the classic "Mrs. Robinson."
But it's hardly a "Greatest Hits Updated" set. Instead, Paul brings a fresh approach to lesser-known songs originally found on albums ranging from There Goes Rhymin' Simon and Still Crazy After All These Years, to the Y2K-era sets You're the One and So Beautiful or So What.
Simon explains in the album’s liner notes, “It’s an unusual occurrence for an artist to have the opportunity to re-visit earlier works and re-think them; to modify, even completely change parts of the originals."
The release of In the Blue Light coincides with the final leg of the Homeward Bound Farewell Tour, including four New York-area performances, capped by the September 22nd Final Performance in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.