Seal Blasted For Battery
Henry Olusegun Adeola Samuel, better known by his stage name of Seal, is under investigation for battery.
The “Kiss From A Rose” singer Seal is under investigation by the Los Angeles police for possible battery, according to a source speaking with TMZ.
The investigation stems from allegations that Seal assaulted Tracey Birdsall while in his home back in the fall of 2016. Seal and Birdsall were neighbors and, according to Birdsall, close friends.
That is, until an incident in Seal’s home. Tracey was in Seal’s kitchen to retrieve a salad spinner she had let the singer borrow when Seal tried to force himself on her, pouncing and trying to kiss her. Tracey yelled, “What are you doing?!” to which the singer replied, “I’m kissing you!”
When it became clear that Tracey wasn’t a willing participant, Seal then began to comment on her attire, implying that she had purposely enticed the singer and that she was asking for it. He then began to grope her breasts while Birdsall demanded that he stop.
Seal then made for the couch and insisted that Tracey sit down beside him. Still in a state of complete shock, Birdsall agreed and sat. That’s when Seal again commented on her dress (a tank top and shorts) as well as groped her breasts. Tracey eventually got up and left and has never spoken to Seal since then.
Birdsall never went to the police regarding the incident until she saw Seal’s recent comments on Oprah and Harvey Weinstein. Seal made headlines when he re-posted a meme on his Instagram that seemed to call out Oprah for enabling or ignoring Weinstein’s years of assault and harassment.
Oh I forgot, that's right…..you'd heard the rumours but you had no idea he was actually serially assaulting young stary-eyed actresses who in turn had no idea what they were getting into. My bad. #SanctimoniousHollywood
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Later, Seal posted a video on his Facebook account that clarified his position, saying he has the utmost respect for Oprah and he encourages anyone who’s been the victim of abuse to step forward.
Tracey decided to take Seal’s advice and called the cops. A source speaking to TMZ from within the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department confirms they took her report on Saturday and an investigation has been opened.
Seal’s representative released a statement shortly after the story broke: “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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