Former The Voice contestant Melanie Martinez has been accused of sexually assaulting her BFF after mentally and physically manipulating her and taking advantage of her trust and friendship. "When I wrote this story about my assault, I initially wasn’t going to [name] the abuser. But I think it’s important for you all to know this is about Melanie Martinez," Timothy Heller wrote on Twitter Dec. 4.
When I wrote this story about my assault, I initially wasn’t going to make the abuser. But I think it’s important for you all to know this is about Melanie Martinez pic.twitter.com/4PQ5oNI2s9
— Timothy Heller (@timethyheller) December 4, 2017
In an emotional and raw string of tweets, Timothy (who is female) described Melanie as "my best friend. She took me in, which I was so grateful for. I felt like I owed her my life." However, Timothy alleges that Melanie took advantage of this love, and tried to push her to do things she didn't want to, despite having a boyfriend. But she says Melanie kept pushing, for two nights in a row. Finally, things allegedly got physical.
"I said every form of no I could think of…I never said yes, I said no repeatedly," Timothy explained, revealing that her friendship ended soon after.
Melanie Martinez and Timothy Heller.
While Timothy still feels like "the thought of accepting that my best friend [assaulted] me seemed insane," fans don't feel that way. They quickly took to Twitter to bash Melanie, delete her music and destroy her merch. "Make sure y'all go at Melanie Martinez the same way y'all go at other rapists, don't go easy on her because she's not a man," wrote one supporter. No proof is readily available of the assault, but fans of Timothy's and Melanie's have followed their friendship and seem to believe Timothy. Melanie, who appeared on The Voice in 2012, commented on the grave situation late last night.
"I am horrified and saddened by the statements and story told tonight by Timothy Heller. What she and I shared was a close friendship for a period of time. We came into each other's lives as we were both starting our careers as artists, and we tried to help each other," she wrote on Twitter. "We both had pain in dealing with our individual demons and the new paths we were forging, but I truly felt we were trying to lit each other up. She never said no to what we chose to do together. And although we parted ways, I am sending her love and light always."
This story originally appeared on our sister site, Life & Style.
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