Cabbage have denied claims their lead singer assaulted a female audience member at one of their gigs.
A woman who attended the Wednesday night gig – but not the person said to have been assaulted – claimed on social media to have seen the incident.
The band strongly deny the accusations made against singer Lee Broadbent.
Nicole Rushworth said Cabbage’s performance was poor and claims he was “so off his head” that he was unable to remove his own guitar strap.
“Lead singer Lee Broadbent sexually assaulted a young woman at the show,” she wrote on Twitter, adding that the young woman had been attending the show with her dad.
“He proceeded to put his hand down his trousers, fondle himself, then rub his hand over the girl, ragging on her hair,” she claims.
Image caption The Kentish Town Forum is a 2,100 person capacity venue in north London
Nicole claims the dad made a complaint to security at the venue who then brought Lee Broadbent to apologise, but she claims he “got aggressive” with the girl’s dad.
Cabbage were supporting Kasabian when the incident was said to have occurred.
The venue, O2 Kentish Town Forum, would not comment when Newsbeat contacted them.
Cabbage’s representative have yet to respond to a request from the BBC for a statement but the band posted a response to the claims saying they “deny the accusations put against Lee this morning,” but which confirmed a complaint had been made.
“His hands were never down his trousers although he did go down to the barrier to interact with the crowd, as he does at all Cabbage shows,” it reads.
They claim he “took it on himself” to make an apology to the person who made a complaint and shook hands with both the father and daughter in question.
The band says the complaints are “completely unfounded” and that they are shocked and deeply troubled by the “fabrications”.
They say ” We would never engage in any of the actions that this Tweet accuses us of”
Several followers of the band have responded to Cabbage’s tweet to say that they also witnessed the incident, while other fans welcomed hearing the band’s response to the accusations.
A spokesperson for SafeGigs4Women says the charity has offered assistance to both the band and fans involved in the alleged incident.
“We have now seen Cabbage’s statement, and we’d be happy to discuss the matter and issues of consent in the context of the artist/fan relationship during a gig with them if they are willing,” said the charity in a statement given to Newsbeat.
“We’d also be happy to provide referrals to the girl and her father if they feel the need for them, as we do everyone who comes to us.”
Scotland Yard tells Newsbeat that there was no report of this alleged incident to the police.
The actress questioned whether she was “resisting her on some level. It’s something I’ve thought a lot about in terms of when I get scripts to be directed by women”.
Hathaway told the Popcorn with Peter Travers show: “When I get a script, when I see a first film directed by a woman, I have in the past focused on what was wrong with it. And when I see a film… directed by a man, I focus on what’s right with it.
“I can only acknowledge that I’ve done that and I don’t want to do that anymore … I, before I realised this, had actively tried to work with female directors. And I still had this mindset buried in there somewhere.”
But the actress added that she knows how difficult it is for women to get “the reins to anything”.
“That journey is way harder than it should be. It’s not equal,” she said.
“And I wonder if it’s about the thought process like the one I just talked about. About undervaluing what it takes to make your first film.”
Hathaway said she would call Scherfig after the interview to apologise.
“I’ve never apologised to her about it,” she said.
“It wasn’t an issue of professionalism. I hold her in such a dear place in my heart and I think she does for me, too.”
A representative for Scherfig told ABC News: “Lone Scherfig is deep in pre-production of her next film and is consumed by it. She asked me to express her love and admiration for Anne and her work.”
Hathaway has long been an advocate for women’s rights and is a women’s goodwill ambassador for the United Nations (UN).
She made a speech on International Women’s Day last month at the UN calling on companies and countries around the world to offer paid parental leave.
Prince’s former art director Steve Parke recently published a book featuring the intimate, behind-the-scenes photographs he took of the star during his time at Paisley Park.
He also recounts the time Prince invited him to watch a montage of old performances he was preparing for the American Music Awards. When a scene from Purple Rain appeared, the star bellowed, “Look at that wig!” and burst out laughing.
Parke later asked Prince’s hair stylist Earl Jones about the comment. He explained the star had had to reshoot a few scenes after the filming wrapped – but he had already cut his hair and bleached it blond – necessitating the bouffant hairpiece.
Jones added that Prince had reacted so badly to the bleach that his hair started breaking off, so he had to let it grow out, and dye it back to black.
“The hairstyle in Raspberry Beret was literally all I could do with it.”
He had a vicious mean streak
It’s no secret that Prince was a perfectionist – but some of the stories that emerged after his death highlighted the star’s ruthless attitude towards his bandmates.
“He did like to push the band with fear,” said Michael B Nelson, who played trombone for the New Power Generation.
One night, months into 1993’s Act I tour, Nelson missed a high B during his solo on a song called The Flow.
“The next day, [Prince] came by and said, ‘You’re gonna play that solo right tonight?'” he told Rolling Stone. “I said, ‘I’ll do my best.’ And he says, ‘Uh, you did your best last night.’ And he walks away.”
That night, when it came to the solo, Prince walked up to him with his “golden gun” microphone (pictured above) and held it to his head.
“I was like, ‘Oh, my God.’ And he kept doing it. And it was like a week of him doing this, and I’m freaking out. It wasn’t showbiz at that point. It was, ‘Don’t you ever do that again’.”
His final shopping spree included CDs by Stevie Wonder, and a cup of coffee
Five days before his death, Prince celebrated Record Store Day by cycling to his local record store and snapping up a few bargains.
According to Bob Fuchs, the manager of Electric Fetus, the star bought six CDs:
Stevie Wonder – Talking Book
Chambers Brothers – The Time Has Come
Joni Mitchell – Hejira
Swan Silvertones – Inspirational Gospel Classics
Missing Persons – The Best Of Missing Persons
Santana – Santana IV
Prince then set off on his bike, waving to fans at a nearby hair salon before visiting a local coffee store. According to barista, Alya Al-Hilwani, he preferred a mocha, with no whipped cream.
He secretly bought the Purple Rain house
In summer 2015, the Minneapolis house that featured as Prince’s childhood home in the film Purple Rain went up for sale. It turns out that Prince bought it himself.
Minnesota Public Radio checked property records and discovered the owner of the 1913 house, at 3420 Snelling Avenue, Minneapolis, was NPG Music Publishing – one of Prince’s companies.
The initial asking price was just $110,000, but Prince paid $117,000 in cash to secure the property.
After his death, Prince’s estate put it up for sale, saying “the costs of repair and ongoing maintenance” were such that keeping hold of the house was “not in the Estate’s best interest”.
Prince outsold Adele and Drake last year
Incredibly, Prince was the biggest-selling artist in the US last year, in terms of album sales. He shifted more than 2.2 million albums in the months after his death, partly because his music was unavailable on the major streaming platrforms.
He was the only artist to sell more than one million digital and physical albums in 2016; and sold a total of 5.4 million digital songs, putting him ahead of Drake and Adele.
When his music finally became available on Spotify, Apple, Amazon and Google Play this February, it was streamed 17 million times in one week – with Purple Rain alone racking up 1 million plays.
Prince had many aliases as a songwriter – Alexander Nevermind, Joey Coco and Jamie Starr, to name but a few.
But unsealed court documents show, released earlier this week, show that the star, an intensely private person, travelled under the name Peter Bravestrong to help conceal his identity.
That name was on a luggage tag he used while travelling to Atlanta for what proved to be his final concert.
The suitcase was found at Paisley Park after his death, and contained several prescription bottles in the name of Kirk Johnson, a personal friend and employee since the 1980s. (It also contained handwritten lyrics for U Got the Look, according to investigators.)
US authorities are still investigating how Prince obtained the prescription medications which killed him.
He cooked a lot of eggs
As bandmates and friends lined up to pay tribute to Prince, they all seemed to have one memory in common: Eggs.
“Prince did the cooking. Scrambled eggs,” singer Jill Jones told GQ magazine. “He put curry and a little bit of cheddar cheese in them. It was really good, actually.
“You know, he barely ate. I was always starving around him. I was always freaking hungry.”
“Prince was never an eater,” agreed Cat Glover, who joined him on the Sign O The Times and Lovesexy tours. “He would usually smell his food. Literally. I never really seen Prince eat. I’ve seen him make pancakes – he made me pancakes, he made me eggs. But he’s not the type of person that eats a lot.
“Yeah, he has made me scrambled eggs,” said dancer Misty Copeland. “Breakfast was his forte. He liked to use a lot of seasoning. They were delicious.”
It’s worth noting that Prince himself did not carry an eggy whiff.
“Ever since I’ve known Prince, I’ve attached a smell to him, which is lavender,” Madonna once said. “He reeks of it.”
He destroyed a windmill
One of the other properties put up for sale by Prince’s estate was a huge, 160-acre estate near Lake Ann in Chanhassen, which was valued at almost $14 million.
It once contained a yellow three-story mansion-style house, complete with a home studio, where portions of Sign O’ the Times and The Black Album were recorded.
“There were a couple of summer nights where we could hear music coming through the woods,” Juli Gempler, who lived next door, told ABC News after his death. “Nice and loud. It was good. It was really cool.”
The property even had its own windmill – also bright yellow – where Prince presumably spent many a happy hour milling organic flour before baking a nice batch loaf.
Sadly, though, he had the house and the windmill torn down in the 1990s. Satellite images now show the property as a vast expanse of green fields and woodland, except for a lone tennis court.
We’ll be hearing new Prince music for the rest of our lives
Shortly after Prince’s death, the legendary “vault” that contained his archive of concert recordings, unreleased songs and rehearsal tapes was drilled open.
According to the singer’s former recording engineer Susan Rodgers, who started the vault for Prince during the 1980s, the facility was almost full when she left in 1987, with songs in there that pre-date his legendary Purple Rain album.
“We used to do two songs a day, and he just put them away,” added his friend and engineer David Z. In fact, there’s so much music waiting to be released, “it probably won’t be tapped out in our lifetime,” said former Paisley Park employee Scott LeGere.
The first release came last year, when the 1999-era track Moonbeam Levels was unearthed for the compilation Prince 4Ever.
This June, an expanded version of Purple Rain is due, containing “two incredible albums of previously unreleased Prince music and two complete concert films,” according to Warner Bros Records. A leaked tracklist suggests fans will finally get to hear studio versions of the much-bootlegged songs Electric Intercourse and Possessed, amongst others.
Prince’s estate has also signed a $30m deal with Universal Music to release non-Warner Bros material – which will hopefully include fan favourites like Extraloveable, Wonderful Ass, Lisa, Train, Rebirth of the Flesh and Big Tall Wall.
There is some speculation that the star didn’t maintain his vault to archival standards, and that some of the tapes may have deteriorated. Furthermore, the process of cataloguing the material hadn’t even begun by the start of this year.
He never rehearsed that solo on While My Guitar Gently Weeps
It sees Prince joining an all-star version of the Beatles’ While My Guitar Gently Weeps, backed by Tom Petty, Steve Winwood and George Harrison’s son, Dhani. He keeps to the sidelines until the final two minutes, when he steps forward to deliver one of the most breathtaking guitar solos you’ve ever seen, full of fluttering high notes and ringing harmonics.
Amazingly, Prince never rehearsed this moment with the band. At a run-through the night before it was Jeff Lynne’s guitarist, Marc Mann, who took the solo.
“Prince doesn’t say anything, just starts strumming, plays a few leads here and there, but for the most part, nothing memorable,” recalled Joel Gallen, who directed the ceremony.
But when the big moment came, Prince stole the show. At one point, he turned to face Petty and Harrison, then fell backwards into the audience – while still playing – before strutting off stage, throwing his guitar into the air before the song ended.
“You see me nodding at him, to say, ‘Go on, go on,'” Petty told the New York Times. “I remember I leaned out at him at one point and gave him a ‘This is going great!’ kind of look.
“He just burned it up. You could feel the electricity of ‘something really big’s going down here.'”
Prince later claimed he had never even heard the song before it was sent to him to learn for the performance.
Picturing Prince – An Intimate Portrait by Steve Parke is out now, published by Cassell Illustrated.
Rice wrote: “Here, I have found my fight and my ‘right’, I have stood up for what I believe in and tried to do it with kindness, care and seriousness.
“However, in the wake of recent events, the Globe is wrestling with what, at its core, it now stands for. It is still in the process of deciding and clarifying what its fight and its ‘right’ are.
“I had to choose to leave because I choose myself and my work. Never think that my decision to step down in 2018 was simply about lights and sound, it was about personal trust and artistic freedom.”
She added a warning to the person who follows her: “You must make sure that your own freedom is assured.”
She decided to quit, she said, because the theatre’s board “did not love and respect me back” and “began to talk of a new set of rules that I did not sign up to and could not stand by”.
A list of lessons she has learned included: “I have learnt, never again, to allow myself to be excluded from the rooms where decisions are made.”
The Globe, she explained, is “not a job, it is a vocation and an all-consuming, delicious tangle of histories, hopes, passions and agendas”.
Dromgoole, who was at the Globe from 2005-16, went further in detailing the pressures borne by artistic directors.
The “bile” from external critics “can be disabling”, he wrote.
He went on: “Sadly the negativity doesn’t only come from without, there is also a fair sum within.
“There are structural problems, there are personality problems, there is too much fighting for territory, and there are too many who feel free to comment on work without ever taking the risk of making it.
“It is absurd that out of the mess of last year, the only person to be suffering the consequences is Emma.”
He said he disagreed with Rice’s attempts to move away from the traditional “shared light” – in which the actors and audience are in the same light – which he said was “at the heart of her disagreements with colleagues and the board”.
But he said: “I cannot respect the blocking of her choice.”
He warned her successor to be “exceptionally wary of those who do not want to advise but who want to influence”, adding: “Everybody wants to be artistic director. They can’t all be. Only you can.”
The only people with the “moral strength” to get rid of an artistic director are the audience, he wrote.
“No-one else, not the board, not your supposed colleagues, not the vulture punditry, just the audience. Emma had lost a little of the Globe audience, but all the evidence is that she had gained some as well.”
A spokesperson for the theatre said chief executive Neil Constable and the board would not be commenting on the remarks.
The Globe, which opened in 1997, is a reconstruction of a Shakespearean theatre on London’s Southbank.
We’ll first see how readily they part with their cash when the new series starts this summer.
In the meantime, let’s look at how the new Dragons made their money.
Occupation: Part-owner and executive chairman of Crystal Palace Football Club.
Steve Parish began life as a budding businessman as soon as he left school at 18.
His chosen line of work was a long way from football in advertising and computer graphics. The company was Adplates and while working there Parish was already thinking of creating his own empire, starting by founding a company called Turning Point Technologies. He then went on to buy Adplates itself and gave it his own stamp by renaming it Tag.
Tag grew from a 50 staff-member team making under £4m a year into a big brand promoter, with thousands of employees in 13 offices around the world and making more than £180m annually.
When he came to sell Tag in 2011, Parish made in the region of £150m. And with that money, he bought his passion – Crystal Palace FC – a team he had supported since childhood.
His success with the club in the seven years he’s been there has seen him save it from financial ruin and take it into the Premier League.
On bringing his experience to Dragons’ Den, Parish says: “I’m thrilled to become a Dragon and really excited to meet the entrepreneurs in this series, see what ideas they bring to the Den and how I might be able to help them grow.”
Occupation: Business mentor, charity supporter and speaker
Another early starter, Campbell left school at 16 and aptly began her working life counting cash in a NatWest bank and checking customers’ signatures on cheques.
She soon rose up the ranks and into head office where she had several jobs including being part of the team overseeing the merger of NatWest and RBS.
After 30 years in banking Campbell sought to become an entrepreneur in her own right – in the cash machine business.
Like Parish, she took a failing enterprise, saw its potential and pulled it from the debt quagmire onto the road of pan-European success.
In the height of the financial crash she bought it out, relaunched it as YourCash Europe Ltd and become the majority shareholder.
Ten years later, she sold YourCash for £50m and now dedicates her work time to encouraging and teaching others how to succeed.
Previously awarded Business Woman of the Year, Campbell’s work ethic is “live by corporate standards, but breathe like an entrepreneur”.
Of joining the Dragons, she says: “As a fan of Dragons’ Den I’m very excited to be taking my seat in the line-up and bringing my own unique style to the Den. I’m looking forward to using my extensive business skills to spot the next generation of entrepreneurs and help them realise their business dreams.”