Miguel is denying sexual assault allegations from a female fan. As New York Magazine shares, the singer was accused of groping the fan's breast at a club in March. "I felt I had already addressed how bizarre and twisted this accusation was when I was asked about it in March," he said in a statement. "Her story of what transpired is not accurate and the accusation is unfair and unwarranted."
Spin shared the story of the victim, Xian Bass. On March 14, the University of New Mexico student recounted on social media that she took a selfie with Miguel. “He reaches his hand down my shirt and takes my breast out of my top.”
She shared, “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… 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.”
As Spin notes, the initial allegations did not get widely circulated. At the time, Miguel dismissed the allegations to TMZ. "I think we're in a time where people are really looking for attention in the wrong way. It's sad actually," he said. "I never lose faith in the fans. In this age, you gotta be, always, more aware of how things can be and how things can be spun." When asked outright if he did it, he said that it was preposterous to even consider it given his interactions with his fans.
Bass thinks that her story didn't get as much attention because of how society views the bodies of black women in particular. “A lot of it is tied to hypersexualization of the black female body,” 31-year-old Bass said recently. “When you have that imagery being recycled, these situations aren’t taken that seriously because of stereotypes. I do think it would have been responded with a little more awareness because the #MeToo movement has provided a lot more conversation, and hopefully more understanding of sexual assault and rape culture in general.”
Bass told Spin that authorities said that they can proceed with a case only if other victims come forward.
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