Days after calling Oprah Winfrey “hypocritical” for her past friendship with Harvey Weinstein, singer 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 became friends with her famous neighbor in Los Angeles, but one day in the fall of 2016 when she went to retrieve her salad spinner, Seal forced himself on her.
“What are you doing!?” Birdsall recalled shouting, to which the singer responded: “I’m kissing you!”
Birdsall alleged Seal then mocked her tank top and shorts and said she was “asking for it” because of her outfit.
She then claimed he began groping her breasts until she demanded he stop. Birdsall told TMZ 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, and 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.
On Wednesday, Seal took to Instagram accusing Oprah of knowing about Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual abuse and choosing to remain silent.
After Winfrey’s inspirational 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.”
“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 a 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.
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