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Birdsall says she and Seal were neighbors in Los Angeles and became close friends until an awkward encounter at his house ended their friendship. Seal then allegedly started groping her breasts, at which point Birdsall told him to stop.
"He intends to vigorously defend himself against these false allegations", the statement continued. His accuser is an actress and former neighbor, Tracey Birdsall who claimed that the singer groped her and forcefully kissed her in 2016.
She claims that she has not seen the singer since leaving his home after the incident.
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. According to TMZ, Birdsall initially shouted "What are you doing?" to which Seal responded, "I'm kissing you!"
Birdsall told TMZ she has filed a police report.
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The actress claims she left and did not have contact with Seal again.
Birdsall reportedly chose to speak up about the alleged incident with Seal after the singer encouraged people to come forward with their own stories of sexual misconduct. "Let's just say we've all heard things about each other, haven't we".
'What I reposted was commentary on the hypocritical and double standard nature and behavior of Hollywood'. He also aligned himself with the #MeToo movement, saying that the many women who have come forward with their stories have yet to receive "real justice".
Seal nor Birdsall have yet to make public statements regarding the accusations.