‘The Voice’ Alum Melanie Martinez Has Been Accused Of Raping Her Former Friend Timothy Heller
The year of rape continues. 2017 has been one of the most damaging years for the entertainment industry ever. We all knew the amount of sexual harassment/assault going around Hollywood was alarming, but it was always hidden just beneath the surface.
Now it’s out in the open, and every single day, a new victim and abuser emerge. ‘The Voice‘ alum Melanie Martinez has been accused of raping her former best friend, Timothy Heller. In a lengthy note shared on Twitter earlier this week, Heller accused Martinez of performing oral sex on her as she was begging her to stop.
“I have kept this secret for years, convincing myself that it wasn’t a big deal and I wasn’t hurt by it. The thought of accepting that my best friend raped me seems insane. Even typing that doesn’t feel real to me. … It’s hard to say someone you loved raped you. Someone you STILL love. … I can honestly say she let me down completely. During the most difficult time in my life, my rock bottom. Her power and control over me grew and grew. And I was silenced.
I never said yes. I said no, repeatedly. But she used her power over me, and broke me down. … Girls can rape girls. Best friends can rape best friends. Friendship does not equal consent.”
You can click on this link to read the full note. The accusation was shocking for multiple reasons. First of all, you don’t hear many stories of girls raping other girls, and secondly, Martinez has a pretty great image. I don’t think anyone would expect this coming from her.
Martinez did respond to the allegations. She went on her own Twitter account to deny the allegation. She claims Heller never said no.
This sh*t is getting confusing now. Who do you believe? There are so many stories to follow. I mean, how do you determine who is telling the truth in a situation like this between former best friends? We know something happened between them, but did Heller say no? What reason does she have to lie about this? One could argue that she’s a struggling artist, and this gets her immediate attention, but why would anyone want this attention? Especially now? I don’t think this would help her career, at all.
So you know, I’m going to believe that she did say no.