Simon LeBon, front man for the rock band Duran Duran, says he can’t apologize for something he was accused of doing more than 20 years ago. The now 59-year-old rocker has been accused of sexual assault by a woman who said LeBon allegedly groped her butt and then her genital area at a California record signing. The woman was an employee at the record shop where the signing took place.
The woman claims she was afraid of the consequences of telling someone and that she was shocked and frozen when the alleged incident occurred. She claims she did tell her boyfriend at the time, some co-workers and a supervisor. The woman, who was 24 at the time of the supposed incident, is now a therapist in Los Angeles and is not seeking compensation, but she wants an apology.
However, LeBon maintains his innocence. He said he offered to meet with the woman to set the record straight, but she chose to make the matter public. He said the behavior of which he has been accused would have been as unacceptable and inappropriate to him then as it would be today. LeBon’s publicist, who apparently was with him the entire day, said the incident simply did not happen.
An accusation or charge of sexual assault can be life-changing. It may ruin a person’s reputation and impact the ability of a person to make a living. California residents charged with this crime would do well to obtain legal counsel to assist with how to best defend themselves. An attorney may be able to provide the guidance needed to aggressively fight any charges.