Seal denies allegations of sexual battery as police launch investigation

The claims have been dismissed as "false allegations"

Seal has denied sexual assault allegations after an actress claimed that she was groped by the singer during a visit to his home.

Actress Tracey Birdsall reported the singer to police in Los Angeles last weekend after she noticed that he had accused Oprah Winfrey of knowing about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual offences in a damning Instagram post.

According to TMZ, Birdsall was neighbours with Seal in 2016 and the pair ‘developed a close friendship’.

She alleges that he ‘lunged at her’ in his kitchen as she visited his home and ‘forced himself on her, attempting to kiss her’.

When Birdsall attempted to challenge the singer’s actions, he allegedly replied “I’m kissing you!”

He then began “to belittle her for what she was wearing – insinuating she was asking for it – and he began to grope her breasts’”

After the incident, Birdsall claims that she sat with him “in shock” on his couch before he “groped her again” and made fun of the white shorts that she was wearing.

She claims that she has not seen the singer since leaving his home after the incident.

In a statement, representatives for Seal dismissed Birdsall’s claims as “false allegations”.

“Seal vehemently denies the recent allegations made against him by a former neighbour for alleged misconduct more than a year ago”, a spokesperson said.

“He intends to vigorously defend himself against these false allegations.”