Seal 'Vehemently Denies' Sexual Battery Allegations by Former Neighbor
By Alex Ungerman
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Seal is disputing sexual battery claims made against him by a former neighbor.
A rep for the 54-year-old singer tells ET, "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."
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirms to ET that a sexual battery report was filed with Malibu/Lost Hills Station detectives on Saturday against the singer, alleging that an incident had taken place in 2016.
TMZ was first to report. The accuser, actress Tracey Birdsall claims to the outlet that in 2016, she was returning a salad spinner to Seal, when he allegedly attempted to force himself on her and groped her breasts.
"When you have been part of the problem for decades, but suddenly they all think you’re the solution," read the meme, which featured a photo of Winfrey kissing Harvey Weinstein on the cheek.
“Oh I forgot, that’s right… you’d heard the rumours but you had no idea he was actually serially assaulting young starry-eyed actresses who in turn had no idea what they were getting into," Seal captioned the post. "My bad. #SanctimoniousHollywood."
On Thursday, Seal clarified his post in a Facebook video, taking issue with those who interpreted it as anti-Winfrey.
"Let me start by saying that I have an enormous amount of respect for everything that Oprah has achieved and contributed in her life," Seal began.
"What I reposted was not an attack on Oprah at all. She just happened to be the person photographed with the pig in the picture," he argued. "No, what I reposted was commentary on the hypocritical and double standard nature and behavior of Hollywood."