A well-known singer who is under criminal investigation for alleged sexual battery is vehemently denying the allegations.
Billboard reports that Seal is denying allegations against him by actress Tracey Birdsall. The report notes that Seal is under investigation in connection with an incident that reportedly took place at his home in November 2016.
“Birdsall told TMZ that she and the singer were neighbors in Los Angeles at the time and they developed a close friendship,” Billboard reports. “The ‘Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter’ star says she went to Seal’s house to retrieve a salad spinner when he allegedly lunged at her, forcing himself on her and attempting to kiss her as she shouted, ‘What are you doing?,’ to which he reportedly replied, ‘I’m kissing you!’ After allegedly making fun of her outfit — a tank top and shorts — Birdsall says Seal tried to grope her breasts as she again demanded he stop.”
The Billboard report adds: “She says she left and has not spoken to Seal again, but decided to come forward after she saw Seal’s comments last week about Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Globes speech and his support for Harvey Weinstein accusers, in which he encouraged women to share their stories of sexual misconduct and assault.”
The report cites a spokesperson for the L.A. County Sheriff’s Office, who confirmed that the Lost Hills/Malibu sheriff’s station recently took a report from an unnamed victim.
“A release from the sheriff’s office issued Tuesday (Jan. 16) says that deputies responded to a ‘neighbor disturbance’ call in Malibu on Saturday, at which point they determined that there was no disturbance at the location at the time but instead took a victim report from an unnamed complainant who said she had been the victim of sexual battery,” Billboard reports. “Seal was identified as the suspect, and a spokesperson said the investigation is ongoing but that no additional information was available at press time.”
A spokesperson for Seal released a statement saying: “Seal vehemently denies the recent accusations made against him by a former neighbor for alleged misconduct of more than a year ago. He intends to vigorously defend himself against these false allegations.”