Singer Miguel’s latest album, War & Leisure, debuted at #1 on the Billboard R&B Albums Chart, knocking Chris Brown’s Heartbreak On A Full Moon out of the top spot..
War & Leisure is the Los Angeles native’s 4th studio album.
The new record’s success is welcome news to the singer. What isn’t welcome news is a rehashing of a sexual assault allegation made earlier in the year that the singer probably thought was in his rearview mirror.
Back in March, a woman named Xian Bass posted a shocking description of an alleged encounter in which Xian asked for a photo with the singer, who happily obliged.
But after the photo was taken, Xian claims Miguel inexplicably and without warning, ripped her bare breast out of her top, and then looked at it with “a salivating mouth”.
Dear Miguel, I used to be a fan of your music. I was a fan of your music until you blatantly disrespected my body in a public place. There is nothing I did or said that warranted this disgusting display of entitlement, rape culture, and male privilege. I approached you respectfully and you still decided my body was not sacred enough to be treated as a human being. After we took this photo, you took it upon yourself to grab my breast and remove it from my shirt WITHOUT CONSENT. You then proceeded to look at my naked breast with such a disgusting look on your face. It’s still embedded in my memory. The sneer of your lip and salivating mouth is making my stomach turn. I really don’t understand why you would do that to someone who approached you as a fan. I’m beyond disgusted right now. Are you used to treating random female strangers this way? Have you gotten away with this in the past? Well, it stops HERE and NOW. I will not sit in shameful silence and allow sexual assault to be normalized. #toxicmasculinity #maleprivilege #violated #rapecultureisreal #celebrityprivilege #iwasntaskingforit #speakup #speakupspeakout #nomiguel
Miguel has denied the accusation, and released a brief statement regarding it:
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 Statement
The accusation did not garner much attention back in the spring but with Miguel’s music now climbing the charts, along with a multinational tour that kicked off yesterday, and in the current #Metoo climate of outing alleged pervs, Miguel might be hearing a lot more about this accusation.