As of late, R&B crooner Miguel has been promoting War & Leisure, his latest album which debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard charts earlier this month. But in a recent interview with Spin Magazine, the topic of discussion wasn’t just the artist’s music, it was a sexual assault claim against Miguel that was made by a University of New Mexico student in March.
Many outlets failed to pick up the story, but we brought it to your attention the day after student Xian Bass posted an Instagram video giving her account of the assault when she ran into the 32-year-old at a club:
“I asked him if we could take a picture…he was super cool at first…,” she said. “I was like, I just want to introduce myself to you…I’m majoring in health & human services. I’m really passionate about sexual health and sexual education…I’ve made myself orgasm to [adorn] many of times, and I love the song…but right after we take the photo, he reaches his hand down my shirt and takes my breast out of my top, like literally pulls my breast out of my shirt right after we took the photo, and I’m like – I froze because it was so sudden.”
Bass, 31, then posted the photo of her and Miguel the night of the incident with the following caption explaining how he took it upon himself to grope her without consent.
About a week after the allegation, TMZ caught up with the “Come Through and Chill” singer at LAX, asking him point blank, “So, 1000% didn’t happen?” To which Miguel responded, “that’s not even worth answering.”
Although Miguel gave a non-answer, his partner, Nazanin Mandi, gave a very clear one, calling the allegation “clown foolery.”