Seal denies allegations of sexual battery as police launch investigation

Entertainer Oprah Winfrey and producer Harvey Weinstein laugh before receiving W.E.B. Du Bois Medals at the Hutchins Center Honors at Harvard University in Cambridge Massachusetts

Seal Accused Of Sexual Battery By Former Neighbor — But The Singer 'Vehemently Denies' The Allegation

Tracey Birdsall, 54, told TMZ the star - who denies the accusations - was a close friend and neighbour until the alleged incident.

Birdsall also claims he twice belittled her for what she was wearing - shorts and a tank top - and suggested she asked for the forceful smooch because of her clothing.

An insider at L.A. County Sheriff's Department tells TMZ a report for the alleged incident was filed over the weekend and is now being investigated. Birdsall says she demanded Seal to stop.

The "Kiss From a Rose" singer is speaking out against claims that he forced himself on a neighbor.

Entertainment Weekly reported that Seal faced widespread criticism for seeming to imply that Winfrey, photographed with Weinstein at an industry event, somehow knew about the producer's alleged crimes but took no action.

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After the talk show host's fiery Golden Globes speech on January that built up speculation she might run for president, Seal posted a meme to his page showing Oprah in a photo with Weinstein.

Actress/Producer Tracey Birdsall claims Seal forcefully kissed and groped her in 2016.

Birdsall told TMZ she has filed a police report.

Birdsall had not planned on reporting the assault, but she changed her mind after seeing an Instagram post where Seal appeared to criticize Oprah Winfrey for not speaking out against Harvey Weinstein's alleged history of sexual assault. "Let's just say we've all heard things about each other, haven't we". When the media came after him for alluding on the matter, he followed up with a video explaining that he has an "enormous amount of respect" for the talk-show host and encouraged women to come forward with any sexual assault stories. No, what I re-posted was commentary on the hypocritical and double standard nature and behavior of Hollywood ...

Seal's rep gave TMZ his response to Birdsall's claims and the criminal investigation.

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