Seal accused of sexual battery by actress

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

Singer Seal was accused by his neighbor of groping her and forcibly kissing her; police are investigating the incident.

A statement from his publicist said that Seal "vehemently denies" the accusations and "intends to vigorously defend himself" against them. Birdsall says she was in Seal's kitchen to retrieve a salad spinner she'd lent him when all of a sudden, he lunged at her, TMZ reported. After allegedly making fun of her outfit - a tank top and shorts - Birdsall says Seal tried to grope her breasts as she again demanded he stop.

Sheriff's officials did not identify the victim, but TMZ reports she is an actress named Tracey Birdsall who lives near the singer. Birdsall told TMZ that after the incident, she left Seal's home and hasn't contacted him since.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department told TMZ a report was filed for sexual battery and was now under investigation.

ET has reached out to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. In shock, Birdsall took a seat on Seal's couch. With the meme, Seal wrote, "Oh I forgot, that's right....you'd heard the rumors but you had no idea he was actually serially assaulting young stary-eyed (sic) actresses who in turn had no idea what they were getting into". Seal has denied Birdsall's allegations. The video was posted January 11, following Oprah's rousing speech at the Golden Globes, and criticized the mogul for her association with Harvey Weinstein.

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Ms Birdsall initially made the allegations in a now-removed Facebook post after Seal criticized Oprah Winfrey following her Golden Globes speech, claiming she knew about the rumors surrounding Harvey Weinstein but did nothing.

Seal later backtracked on the criticism, saying he had not been targeting Oprah specifically, but the industry in general.

He said, "What I reposted was commentary on the hypocritical and double standard nature and behavior of Hollywood".

They come several days after the singer, 54, launched what to many came across as an unfair attack on Oprah Winfrey and her status as one of leading advocates for the anti-sexual harassment initiative Time's Up.

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