Singer Seal is under investigation for an alleged incident of sexual battery that took place in 2016. The allegations come just a few days after the singer offered his support for the #MeToo movement.

Seal Being Investigated for Sexual Battery

Seal has been accused by actress Tracey Birdsall. Birdsall was a neighbor of the singer’s in 2016 and alleges that at that time the singer lunged at her, groped her, attempted to kiss her, and also belittled her for wearing a tank top and shorts. The singer had come over to her house to return a salad spinner she had loaned him.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, authorities responded to a “neighbor disturbance” call on January 13, 2016 in in Malibu, California.

“It was determined, however, at the time of the deputies’ arrival there was no disturbance at the location between the victim and any of her neighbors,” the release said. “The victim disclosed to the deputies she, allegedly, had been the victim of a sexual battery in November of 2016.”

The report filed at that time listed the suspect as “54-year-old Samuel Henry Olusegun,” which is Seal’s legal name.

A representative for Seal made the following statement regarding the incident:
“Seal vehemently denies the recent allegations made against him by a former neighbor for alleged misconduct more than a year ago, the statement read. “He intends to vigorously defend himself against these false allegations.”

A representative for Birdsall declined to comment on the allegations facing Seal.

More Controversy for Seal

Earlier this month, Seal stirred controversy with an Instagram post. The post featured photos – of social events from the past years – of Oprah Winfrey with Harvey Weinstein. The caption read:

“When you have been part of the problem for decades but suddenly they all think you are the solution.” The singer was referring to Winfrey’s speech at the Golden Globe Awards. During the speech she hailed ongoing efforts to stop the sexual harassment in Hollywood. Allegations against Weinstein, of course, are at the forefront of that movement.

“Oh I forgot, that’s right…..you’d heard the rumours but you had no idea he was actually serially assaulting young stary-eyed actresses who in turn had no idea what they were getting into,” Seal added in the caption. “My bad. #SanctimoniousHollywood.”

Seal later posted a video on his official Facebook page that addressed his Instagram post, saying he rdid not mean to disrespect Winfrey but instead was offering commentary not on her but hypocrisy in the entertainment industry.

“To those of us who support the Me Too movement just know this, not one of the women who have been sexually abused, not one of the women who have come forward has received any real justice whatsoever,” Seal said in his video post.. “Losing your job because you either A) raped, B) sexually abused or even sexually harassed a woman is not real punishment.”

Birdsall reportedly said that Seal’s comments on social media were the driving force behind her decision to contact law enforcement about her alleged encounter with him in 2016.

If you are facing charges of sexual misconduct you’ll need to address them right away. A criminal defense attorney can help you build your case.

Los Angeles Sex Crime Attorneys

Our Los Angeles sex crime attorneys advise and represent people charged with sex crimes ranging from indecent exposure to rape. To learn how our resourceful approach to client service in criminal defense can benefit you, contact our Los Angeles office for a free consultation.

Sex Crime Charges in Los Angeles

We provide legal defense for the following sex crimes:

  • Forcible rape
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  • Child Molestation
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  • Indecent Exposure
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Is it possible to have your name removed from the sex offender registry?

Many people listed in the sex offender registry that have committed a non-violent crimes or offenses involving consensual adults may have their names removed. This would involve filing a claim with the state’s department of justice (DOJ). Our Los Angeles sex crime attorneys can help guide you through the process.

Hire an Attorney

A criminal defense attorney will be able to respond to and defend you against the allegations you are facing. You should contact one as soon as you are informed of the charges. They will be able to provide you with guidance and next steps on how to proceed.

Stay Away Accuser

Stay away from the accuser until you have a chance to legally defend yourself. Chances are there will be an evidentiary hearing where you will be able to state your side of the case. Until then, avoid the accuser so that he or she will not be able to make further accusations.
If you must be near the accuser, due to employment or child custody arrangements, try to ensure a third party is always present so that he or she can act as a witness. Additionally, try to limit communication and try to ensure that all communication is in written form – via text or email. Any communication should state the facts. Do not contact the person via social media such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Remember that everything you say or write can be held against you in a court of law.

Control Emotions

Being accused of sexual assault is frustrating and angering. But you need to try to keep your emotions in line. This means being responsible about your next steps and how you protect yourself. Do not approach the accuser with attempts to defend yourself. Try to keep a calm head.

Assess Motives

Working with your attorney, try to asses any motive your accuser may have for the false allegations. Often times a jealous ex will make attempts to get back at his or her partner. If you believe the sex was consensual, were there other circumstances involved, such as alcohol or drug use that might have caused you or your accuser to become hazy about the events? A criminal defense attorney might be able to help you uncover any motive that may exist. This motive can assist a defense attorney should the case go to trial, or during the process of negotiating.

Detailed Account

If you can, provide your attorney with a detailed account of the events that led to the accusations. You should tell your lawyer everything, even details you think might not be pertinent. You never know what detail a lawyer may be able to use to help you win your case.
Witnesses

Do you have any witnesses that might have seen the interaction? Do you have an alibi? Are there character witnesses that can attest to both yours and your accuser’s potential motives?

Defense of Sex Crime Charges in Los Angeles

There are two main approaches to the defense of sex crimes. First, we can investigate the facts and review the evidence supporting the charges to see where weaknesses in the case against you can help us develop a trial defense and leverage for plea negotiations. Next, we can work toward a compromise with the prosecutor by emphasizing the facts that work in your favor.

Criminal defense attorney Daniel Perlman concentrates on the creative solutions that can take full advantage of the strengths of your legal position while protecting you from the most serious potential consequences of serious felony charges.

While we are developing and presenting your defense to the charges you are facing now, we also keep in mind the importance of protecting your long-range interests. Are you a foreign national at risk of deportation? Are you a licensed professional who might face discipline before your licensing board? If you accept a good plea offer, will you have to register as a sex offender anyway? We take all of these considerations into account for your defense strategy.

Whether you want to take your case to trial or negotiate a plea is up to you. You can depend on our Los Angeles sex crime defense attorneys to give you the legal and practical advice necessary to guide a sound decision. Contact us online or call 213-514-8324 or 213-514-8324 to schedule your free case evaluation.

Being accused of a sex crime can be extremely intimidating. You deserve to know that your lawyer is doing everything possible to protect your interests. To discuss how our Los Angeles sex crimes attorneys can help you, contact us at 213-514-8324, at 213-514-8324 or by e-mail today.

The criminal defense lawyers at Daniel Perlman Law in Los Angeles will put our experience to work for you. We believe every defendant has the right to a zealous defense. We offer free initial consultations and will usually quote a flat fee that will cover all the services necessary for your case, including trial. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers, call 877-887-4541 or contact us by e-mail.

Daniel R. Perlman, Esq.
Law Offices of Daniel R. Perlman