Seal Has Been Accused Of Sexual Battery After He Allegedly Groped And Tried To Kiss An Actress

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Seal charges groping sexual battery

She said he forcibly tried to kiss her.

Seal is currently under criminal investigation for sexual battery. 

According to actress Tracey Birdsall, the singer forcibly kissed and groped her during an incident in his Los Angeles home in 2016. This accusation comes just one week after he publicly encouraged victims of sexual abuse to come forward and tell their stories.  

TMZ reports that Birdsall and Seal were neighbors in the fall of 2016 and developed a close, platonic friendship. 

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She said she was in Seal's kitchen retrieving a salad spinner she had lent him when he suddenly lunged at her, forced himself on her and attempted to kiss her. 

"What are you doing," she said she shouted. 

"I'm kissing you," she said he replied. 

Birdsall then claimed that the singer began to belittle her for the outfit she was wearing; a tank top and shorts. Seal allegedly said she was asking for it.

He then began to grope her breasts and she told him to stop. 

He did and then invited her to sit on the couch next to him. In shock, Birdsall did and said Seal again made fun of her for what she was wearing and groped her again. 

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Birdsall said she left shortly after and did not have any contact with Seal again. It wasn't until she saw his comments about Oprah and Harvey Weinstein that she decided to report the incident to the police. 

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department confirmed that a report was made on Saturday and is currently under investigation. 

A representative for Seal says he denies the allegations. 

"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."

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