She says she left and has not spoken to Seal again, but decided to come forward after she saw Seal's comments last week about Oprah Winfrey's Golden Globes speech and his support for Harvey Weinstein accusers, in which he encouraged women to share their stories of sexual misconduct and assault.
A spokesperson for the L.A. County Sheriff's office confirmed that the Lost Hills/Malibu sheriff's station recently took a report from an unnamed victim. A release from the sheriff's office issued Tuesday (Jan. 16) says that deputies responded to a "neighbor disturbance" call in Malibu on Saturday, at which point they determined that there was no disturbance at the location at the time but instead took a victim report from an unnamed complainant who said she had been the victim of sexual battery. Seal was identified as the suspect, and a spokesperson said the investigation is ongoing but that no additional information was available at press time.
A spokesperson for Seal refuted the claim in a statement that reads: "Seal vehemently denies the recent accusations made against him by a former neighbor for alleged misconduct of more than a year ago. He intends to vigorously defend himself against these false allegations.”
Seal came under fire last week after he appeared to call out Hollywood's apparent hypocrisy in the wake of the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment. The singer apologized for reposting a meme that intimated that Oprah Winfrey was aware of disgraced former studio mogul Harvey Weinstein's decades of alleged sexual assaults and said nothing. Following a flood of backlash, Seal took to Facebook to clarify his stance.
"I have an enormous amount of respect for everything that Oprah has achieved and contributed in her life,” the father of four said about the famed talk show host whose name has been floated as a possible challenger to Pres. Trump in 2020 after her rousing Golden Globes speech on Jan. 7. “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. No, what I reposted was commentary on the hypocritical and double-standard nature and behavior of Hollywood.”