British singer Seal is under criminal investigation for sexual battery after a complaint to the police from a former neighbor.
The Kiss From A Rose singer, 54, has been accused by Tracey Birdsall, an actress who claims she befriended him while they were Los Angeles neighbors, of attempting to force himself on her in 2016. He denies her allegations.
Birdsall, 54, tells TMZ.com the star lunged at her in his kitchen when she was visiting to retrieve a borrowed salad spinner.
She alleges he lunged at her and attempted to kiss her before belittling her for wearing a tank top and shorts and groping her breasts – after she shouted, “What are you doing?!”
Law enforcement sources tell the gossip website they received a report of sexual battery on Saturday (12Jan18) and are investigating the alleged incident.
The actress claims that she was in shock after his initial advance and so agreed with Seal’s suggestion to sit next to him on his couch – where the groping allegedly continued – before she got up and left the house.
In a statement responding to her accusations, the singer’s representatives said, “Seal 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.”
Seal, who was married to the model Heidi Klum from 2005 until 2014, waded into the debate around sexual abuse last week (end14Jan18) by posting a picture of Oprah Winfrey and Harvey Weinstein on Instagram. In the caption he appeared to question her closeness to the disgraced producer before his outing as an alleged predator.
The musician, real name Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel, later backtracked on his post, claiming he was referring to Hollywood hypocrisy in general rather than Oprah, who gave a stirring speech calling time on harassment and abuse at the recent Golden Globe Awards.
According to TMZ.com, Birdsall says it was after seeing Seal’s comments that she decided to report the alleged incident to the police.