Seal accused of sexual battery by a former neighbor

Seal is under investigation by the LA County Sheriff’s Office for an alleged sexual battery that took place in 2016.

This news comes just one week after the singer’s fiery Instagram post which seemed to call out Oprah Winfrey for her complicity in the Harvey Weinstein scandal including a photo of Winfrey kissing the disgraced movie producer on the cheek. After being heralded by Fox News, Seal went on to clarify that he is actually pro-Oprah in a video that encouraged sexual abuse victims to come forward.

According to TMZ, Seal’s accuser is actress Tracey Birdsall, a former neighbor who alleges that the “Kiss from a Rose” crooner groped her and attempted to kiss her while the two were in his kitchen. Birdsall claims Seal insulted her wardrobe choice and further groped her on his couch.

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NEW YORK CITY - JUNE 24: Model Veronica Webb and Singer Seal attend 'The Beat Goes On' - First Annual All-Star Concert Special to Benefit LIFEbeat on July 13, 1995 at Beacon Theater in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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Ingrid Casares and singer Seal attending 'The Beat Goes On Concert Benefiting LIFEBeat' on June 24, 1994 at the Beacon Theater in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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279418 01: Singer Seal arrives at the theater September 3, 1996 in New York City. Celebrities visited the theater to see the play 'Hughie' starring Al Pacino. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Liaison)
267572 03: Singer Seal and his girlfriend Tyra Banks arrive at the Essence Awards April 26, 1996 in New York City. The ceremony honors African-Americans who represent positive role models to the community. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Liaison)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 22: Singer Seal is on hand for GQ's third annual Men of the Year awards at Radio City Music Hall. , (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 23: Singer Seal at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards Show on February 23 2000 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images)
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HAMBURG, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 18: Singer Seal arrives at the Bambi Awards 2004 at the Theater im Hafen on November 18, 2004 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
HAMBURG, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 18: Singer Seal and model Heidi Klum arrive at the Bambi Awards 2004 at the Theater im Hafen on November 18, 2004 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
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German supermodel Heidi Klum has given birth to a baby boy, her husband, British pop singer Seal, said on his Web site. Johan Riley Fyodor Taiwo Samuel was born on Wednesday 22 November, weighing 8 pounds, 11 ounces. Seal said on his website (www.seal.com). 'He is healthy, beautiful and looks just like his mother.' File Photo of Seal and Heidi Klum 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals Shrine Auditorium Los Angeles, California United States August 27, 2006 Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic.com (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
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PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 12: Singer Seal is sighted at the 'La chanson de l'annee 2011 ' TV show on December 12, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/FilmMagic)
Actress Heidi Klum and singer Seal arrive at the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 22: Singer Seal attends the 8th Annual BritWeek Launch Party at a private residence on April 22, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
ROCHESTER, MI - AUGUST 31: Singer Seal performs at Meadow Brook Music Theater on August 31, 2016 in Rochester, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06: Singer Seal is seen out shopping SoHo on December 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
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Seal’s rep denied the allegations to TMZ and promised that Seal would “vigorously defend himself against these false allegations.”

When Seal asked women to step forward, he probably wasn’t expecting his own #MeToo moment to sprout. Birdsall said it was in fact Seal’s comments about Oprah and Weinstein that prompted her to come forward with her own story.

Birdsall has now filed a report with the LA County Sheriff’s Office last weekend.

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