Seal denies allegations he groped neighbor as LA police begin investigation.
Seal, a self-described supporter of the #MeToo movement, is reportedly under investigation for sexual battery after an actress and former neighbor accused him of forcefully kissing and groping her in 2016.
Ms. Birdsall, an actress, told reporters that the attack took place in Seal’s kitchen after she had gone over to retrieve a kitchen appliance she lent him, when he ‘suddenly lunged at her’.
She claims that she rejected his advances and that he then moved on to ‘insinuate that she was asking for it’ by commenting on the shorts and tank top she was wearing before groping her breasts.
The allegations against the singer were made in a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s report on Saturday, sources reported.
A source with the sheriffs’ department confirmed that a report was taken and that the incident is under investigation.
They come several days after the singer, 54, launched what to many came across as an unfair attack on Oprah Winfrey and her status as one of the leading advocates for the anti-sexual harassment initiative Time’s Up. The singer described Oprah as sanctimonious and appeared to accuse her of knowing about the allegations made against the Hollywood producer.
Seal faced widespread criticism for seeming to imply that Winfrey, photographed with Weinstein at an industry event, somehow knew about the producer’s alleged crimes but took no action.
Seal responded to the criticism by saying that the photo wasn’t meant to be a criticism of Winfrey specifically. He said he has enormous respect for what the media mogul has achieved.
“Seal vehemently denies the recent allegations made against him by a former neighbor for alleged misconduct more than a year ago,” his reps said. “He intends to vigorously defend himself against these false allegations.”
On Saturday, January 13th, Tracey Birdsall went to the Los Angeles police to report him for assault after she read his comments in which he claimed Oprah Winfrey knew for years about Harvey Weinstein’s abuses and slammed the talk show host for being ‘sanctimonious’ and a hypocrite.