A few days after Oprah gave a girl power-themed acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, Seal dragged her on Instagram by heavily implied that she knew about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual assault for decades. Well, guess who’s the one being investigated for alleged sexual assault now? TMZ says that Seal is currently the subject of a sexual battery investigation.
The incident in question allegedly took place in 2016 in Los Angeles between Seal and his neighbor at the time, actress Tracey Birdsall. Tracey claims she and Seal became friendly, and one day she swung by his house to pick up a salad spinner she loaned him, and that’s when he allegedly lunged at her and attempted to kiss her. Tracey claims she shouted “What are you doing?” to which Seal replied, “I’m kissing you.” I’ll be honest, I’m a little surprised Seal didn’t take it one sleazy step further and demand a kiss from a rose.
Tracey claims that Seal proceeded to comment on her clothing (a tank top and shorts) and imply she was asking for it, while allegedly groping her breasts. Tracey demanded he stop. Seal then invited Tracey to sit with him on his couch, which she agreed to.
Tracey says she was motivated to speak out for a few reasons. One, she was empowered by Oprah’s speech. And two, because she thought it was hypocritical of Seal to drag Oprah. Especially since he followed up his Oprah post with a video urging real justice for women who choose to speak up.
Be careful what you wish for Seal. Real justice is now involved. Tracey filed a report with the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department on Saturday, and the alleged salad spinner incident is currently being investigated. A rep for Seal claims he denies everything.
“Seal vehemently denies the recent allegations made against him by a former neighbor for alleged misconduct more than a year ago. He intends to vigorously defend himself against these false allegations.”
I am not a religious person, but I can’t help but feel like the timing of this is just more evidence that Oprah is God. Seal dared to take Oprah’s name in vain. Then on the third day, a woman – filled with Oprah’s holy spirit after her Sunday speech – appeared at a police station to write her own book of revelations. And now Seal might possibly be facing judgement. I think it’s time to start carrying a picture of Oprah ripped off the cover of an O magazine in my wallet like a prayer card.