The music mogul made the claim during an appearance on U.S. shock jock Howard Stern’s Sirius XM Radio show earlier this week (begs05Sep11), opening up about his “bizarre kind of blind date” in Beverly Hills with a then-pregnant Richards, shortly after she split from husband Charlie Sheen.
He told Stern, “She’s cute… She turned up eight months pregnant and had a dog in her handbag… (but) she is gorgeous. I liked her a lot… She’s funny, a bit of a wacko… but I like that.”
But the “date” is news to the former Bond girl – she is adamant their dinner was among mutual friends and insists it was not romantic.
Addressing Cowell’s revelation in a series of tweets, she writes, “I was at a group dinner, eight months pregnant. Not sure how that’s considered a date! If I was being set up, I didn’t know it!”
However, that doesn’t mean single Richards wouldn’t have been interested. She adds, “I wish I knew that it was a date! He’s a hot piece of a**!”
Richards later gave birth to Lola, now six, her second daughter with Sheen.
Cowell is now engaged to make-up artist Mezhgan Hussainy. Richards is single.