‘The Voice’ Star Melanie Martinez Responds to Claims She Raped Her Best Friend
Melanie Martinez is responding to her former friend who claims she raped her while at a sleepover.
Timothy Heller is accusing The Voice star of sexual assault and opened up about the alleged incident on Twitter.
The aspiring musician detailed the experience and said she was raped with a sex toy.
The 22-year-old was best friends with Timothy when the supposed assault happened years ago.
“I have kept this secret for years, convincing myself that it wasn’t a big deal and I wasn’t hurt by it,” Timothy wrote on Twitter Monday, December 4.
“The thought of accepting that my best friend raped me seems insane. One night during a sleepover, she became increasingly interested in my sexual preferences,” she continued.
When I wrote this story about my assault, I initially wasnt going to make the abuser. But I think its important for you all to know this is about Melanie Martinez pic.twitter.com/4PQ5oNI2s9Timothy Heller (@timethyheller) December 4, 2017
“As someone who had previously been through sexual abuse, sex is hard for me to talk about. I was obviously uncomfortable, but she was my best friend, so I tried to be open about it.”
Timothy then said Melanie asked her to have sex repeatedly, but she said no. It then happened all over again the next night.
“I never said yes. I said no, repeatedly. But she used her power over me, and broke me down,” she shared.
“Just so there is no confusion, I was molested by my best friend... she performed oral sex on me and then I was penetrated with a sex toy without being asked.”
Melanie, who became well-known after she made it to the Top 6 on The Voice in 2012, responded to the accusations shortly after they were made public.
“I am horrified and saddened by the statements and story told by Timothy Heller,” she wrote.
"What she and I shared was a close friendship. We tried to help each other. We both had pain in dealing with our individual demons.”
She continued, “'She never said no to what we chose to do together. And although we parted ways, I am sending her love and light always.”
The pair ended their friendship around 2015.
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