British singer Seal is allegedly under investigation for sexual battery, TMZ reports. The celebrity news site detailed an exchange between the “Kiss From A Rose” singer and actress Tracey Birdsall, who were neighbors in Los Angeles in the fall of 2016. According to TMZ, Birdsall and Seal developed a friendship—one day she found herself in his kitchen to retrieve a salad spinner when he forced himself on her, attempting to kiss her. She alleges he groped her breasts multiple times and belittled her based on her clothing. Birdsall says she left his home after the attack and never spoke to him again.
A representative for Seal responded to the accusation, telling TMZ:
“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.”
The allegations arrive just days after Seal made headlines for beefing with Oprah, supermodel Chrissy Teigen, Fox News, and Stacey Dash. On Wednesday, the singer posted a meme of Oprah and known-abuser Harvey Weinstein on Instagram with the caption, “When you have been part of the problem for decades, but suddenly they all think you are the solution,” later addressing the issue in a Facebook video, claiming the post was to address complicit behavior in Hollywood as a whole. “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 explained. Fox News and Stacey Dash used the meme to bolster some conservative agenda, which he also addressed in the video with, “What I reposted was commentary on the hypocritical and double standard nature and behavior of Hollywood. So Fox News—back off, but I’ll get to you later.”
What is perhaps most shocking about the entire exchange is that after the initial Oprah post, Teigen commented on the Seal’s Instagram: “Hmm. Let’s just say we’ve all heard things about each other, haven’t we?”
We’ve reached out to Seal’s team and will update this if we hear back.