SEAL IN ‘GROPE’ QUIZ

Singer de­nies claim Cops to in­ves­ti­gate

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By COLIN HURST [email protected]­daysport.co.uk

SOUL singer Seal has been ac­cused of mak­ing un­wanted sex­ual ad­vances by a for­mer neigh­bour.

Blonde ac­tress Tracey Bird­sall, 54, claims Seal at­tacked her in her Los An­ge­les home in 2016.

She claims the Kiss from a Rose crooner forced him­self on her, groped her and tried to kiss her.

Seal, 54, whose real name is Henry Oluse­gun Ade­ola Sa­muel, is now un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for sex­ual battery by the L.A. County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment.

Ms Bird­sall said she was in Seal’s kitchen af­ter she had gone over to re­trieve a kitchen ap­pli­ance she lent him when he sud­denly lunged at her.

She claims she re­jected his ad­vances and that he then moved on to “in­sin­u­ate that she was ask­ing for it” by com­ment­ing on the shorts and tank top she was wear­ing be­fore grop­ing her breasts.

Sex­ual battery is an Amer­i­can le­gal term for an un­wanted form of con­tact with an in­ti­mate part of the body made for sex­ual pur­poses.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Seal said he ve­he­mently de­nies the “false” al­le­ga­tions.

Ms Bird­sall ini­tially made the al­le­ga­tions in a Face­book post af­ter Seal crit­i­cised Oprah Win­frey fol­low­ing her Golden Globes speech.

Ru­mours

He claimed the talk show host knew about the ru­mours en­cir­cling un­der-fire Hollywood pro­ducer Har­vey We­in­stein but did noth­ing.

The singer posted an In­sta­gram mes­sage show­ing two im­ages of Oprah with We­in­stein, us­ing the hash­tag #Sanc­ti­mo­nious Hollywood.

He was soon taken to task KITCHEN ‘ATTACK’: Tracey Bird­sall says Seal lunged at her so­cial me­dia, he claimed that he has “an enor­mous amount of re­spect for ev­ery­thing that Oprah has achieved and contributed in her life”.

He added: “What I re­posted was not an attack on Oprah at all. She just hap­pened to be the per­son pho­tographed with the pig in the pic­ture.

“What I re­posted was com­men­tary on the hyp­o­crit­i­cal and dou­ble stan­dard na­ture and be­hav­iour of Hollywood.” by model Chrissy Teigen, who posted a cryptic com­ment on his In­sta­gram post.

The model and cook­book au­thor wrote: “Hmm. Let’s just say we’ve all heard things about each other, haven’t we?”

Seal, once mar­ried to model Heidi Klum, later back­tracked on the crit­i­cism, say­ing he had not been tar­get­ing Oprah specif­i­cally but the show­biz in­dus­try in gen­eral.

In a video clip he shared on

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