Seal is reportedly under investigation for sexual battery after his former neighbor, actress Tracey Birdsall, accused him of forcefully kissing and groping her in 2016.
Birdsall told TMZ she was neighbors with the singer in Los Angeles and they became friends, but one day in the fall of 2016 when she went to retrieve her salad spinner, Seal, 54, forced himself on her.
Recording artist Seal is accused of sexual battery against actress and former neighbor, Tracey Birdsall.
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“What are you doing!?” Birdsall recalled shouting, to which the “Fly Like an Eagle” singer responded: “I’m kissing you!”
Birdsall, 54, alleged Seal then belittled her about her outfit and said she was asking for it because she was wearing a tank top and shorts.
Stars accused of sexual harassment and assault
She then claimed he began groping her breasts until she demanded he stop. Birdsall told the gossip site she agreed to sit on the couch with Seal after that because she was in shock, but then he continued to grope her breasts and poke fun at her outfit
A source with the L.A. County Sheriffs’ Department told TMZ that a report was taken on Saturday concerning Seal for sexual battery. The incident is under investigation.
A rep for the singer said in a statement to TMZ that he “vehemently denies the recent allegations made against him by a former neighbor for alleged misconduct more than a year ago.”
“He intends to vigorously defend himself against these false allegations,” the statement read.
Actress/Producer Tracey Birdsall claims Seal forcefully kissed and groped her in 2016.
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On Wednesday, the “Crazy” artist took to Instagram to call out Oprah for being a hypocrite because of her friendship with the disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused by dozens of women of sexual assault, and even rape.
After the talk show host’s fiery Golden Globes speech that built up speculation she might run for president, Seal posted a meme to his page showing Oprah in a photo with Weinstein.
The caption read, “When you have been part of the problem for decades, but suddenly they all think you are the solution.”
He later said it was “not an attack on Oprah at all.”
Oprah Winfrey (left) and Harvey Weinstein laugh before receiving W.E.B. Du Bois Medals at the Hutchins Center Honors at Harvard University in September 2014.
“Let me start by saying that I have an enormous amount of respect for everything that Oprah has achieved and contributed in her life,” he wrote on Facebook. “What I reposted was not an attack on Oprah at all. She just happened to be the person photographed with the pig (Weinstein) in the picture. No, what I reposted was commentary on the hypocritical and double-standard nature and behavior of Hollywood.”
Seal was married to model Heidi Klum from 2005 and 2014. They have three children together, Henry, 12; Johan, 11, and Lou, 8.