The R&B singer was accused of sexual assault by a University Of New Mexico student
Miguel has denied accusations of sexual assault after allegations made earlier this year resurfaced.
In March, the R&B singer was accused of sexual assault by a University Of New Mexico student named Xian Bass. Writing on Instagram, Bass alleged that Miguel had “reache[d] his hand down my shirt and [took] my breast out of my top” after she requested and took a photo with the star.
“I approached you respectfully and you still decided my body was not sacred enough to be treated as a human being,” Bass wrote.
Responding at the time, Miguel told TMZ that the allegations were “not even worth answering”, adding that “I think we’re just in a time where just…people are really looking for attention in the wrong ways”.
Now, Bass has elaborated on her claims to Spin, saying that she filed a police report to the LAPD after the alleged incident but was told by an officer that “other women have to come forward” before any action could be taken.
“I didn’t want to [file the report] because black lives matter,” Bass said. “I [didn’t] want to because I do not want to put another brown man in jail. I [didn’t] want to because I [didn’t] want to be re-traumatised by going to law enforcement. However, yes, I did. I didn’t want to, but I do know that for other people who may have been abused or assaulted or whatever, maybe this will help them as well.”
Miguel has since issued a statement in response via his publicist, describing the claims as “not accurate” and “unfair”.
The singer said: “I felt I had already addressed how bizarre and twisted this accusation was when I was asked about it in March. Her story of what transpired is not accurate and the accusation is unfair and unwarranted.”
Miguel’s latest album ‘War & Leisure’ was released earlier this month (December 1).