Singer Seal under investigation after being accused of sexual assault
Seal becomes one of the many to join the long list of sexual assaulters in Hollywood. The singer is accused of groping by actress Tracey Birdsall.
The recent Golden Globes awards saw a flood of people marching in black to support the MeToo movement. Among these, singer Seal came forward and motivated people to come forward with their own stories. He also praised the speeches given by Oprah Winfrey but little did he know he will also be among the people accused of sexual misconduct.
The accusations have been made by actress Tracey Birdsall who used to be Seal's neighbor back in 2016. In an interview with TMZ, Tracey opened up about the day when the incident had taken place. She remembers that things were completely fine between the two and they even developed a close bond in a short period of time. However, one particular incident changed everything between the two.
She remembers that she had visited Seal's home in order retrieve a salad spinner she'd lent him. While Tracey was waiting in the kitchen, she claims that Seal lunged at her all of a sudden. The Doomsday actress told TMZ that Seal tried to force himself on her and tried to kiss her despite knowing that she was uncomfortable. She says she shouted, "What are you doing?!" and the singer replied, "I'm kissing you!"
It is at this point that Seal apparently started belittling Tracey for what she was wearing (she was wearing a tank top and shorts.) The singer tried to suggest that her clothes were the cue that she was asking for it. Tracey continues to state that Seal didn't care even then about how she reacted and he began to grope her breasts.
Throughout this encounter, Tracey claims that she had demanded the singer to stop but her verbal cues were of no effect. Seeing this Seal asked Tracey to have a seat and even though the actress thought that things would stop after this, they didn't. Seal reportedly started making fun of her dress again and groped her yet again. After this Tracey immediately stormed out of the house and never spoke to the singer again.
The ironic part about the incident is that Tracey felt the urge to come forward and report about the Fly Like An Eagle singer after he posted a video on his Instagram asking women to be stronger and reporting people who may have assaulted them in the past. After this incident came to light, Tracey filed a complaint about the same.
"A source with the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept" took a report of sexual battery and that the alleged incident is under investigation. However, the singer has denied all these claims. A rep of the singer came forward with a statement to E! denying all the allegations that have been placed on him.
"Seal vehemently denies the recent accusations made against him by a former neighbor for alleged misconduct of more than a year ago," the rep said. The rep also added that Seal is not afraid to fight these allegations as he is certain that he has done no harm. "He intends to vigorously defend himself against these false allegations." These new allegations against the singer seem to dismantle everything he said with regard to the MeToo movement.
"To those of us who support the #MeToo movement, just know this: Not one of the women who have been sexually abused, not one of the women who has come forward has received any real justice whatsoever," he said in a video. "Losing your job because of you either A) raped, B) sexually abused or even sexually harassed a woman is not the real punishment." The investigation with regard to the incident is still ongoing.
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