Former Voice contestant Melanie Martinez made a second statement on Dec. 10 following claims she raped her former BFF Timothy Heller. On Twitter, the singer wrote, “I understand how hard it could be to see my side of the story, considering no one with a heart would want to invalidate anyone speaking up about this topic. I want to thank my fans who took the time to research the timeline, analyze past Instagram photos, and question the story being told, which reveal her false statements.”
The 22-year-old continued, “I trusted so many people in my life who took advantage of that trust for their own personal gain. Please know that my intentions with everything that I do in my life are always pure and I would never be intimate with someone without their absolute consent.”
— CRYBABY (@MelanieLBBH) December 10, 2017
On Monday, Dec. 4, Timothy — who’s female and also a musician — alleged that during their friendship, Melanie penetrated her with a sex toy and inappropriately touched her without her consent. “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,” she wrote in a lengthy tweet.
Hours later, Melanie released an initial statement via social media denying any wrongdoing. “I am horrified and saddened by the statements and story told tonight by Timothy Heller,” she said. “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. 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 lift each other up.”
Melanie Martinez and Timothy Heller. (Photo Credit: Twitter)
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.”
In an emotional and raw string of tweets, Timothy 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, she claimed that Melanie took advantage of this love, and tried to push her to do things she didn’t want to, even when she had a boyfriend. “One night during a sleepover, she became increasingly interested in my sexual preferences. As someone who has been through sexual assault, sex was hard for me to talk about,” Timothy wrote. But after Melanie allegedly kept pushing, things turned physical.
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
“I said every form of no I could think of,” Timothy explained. “She began touching my arm, I allowed this to happen. She began talking about the appearance of my boobs and she begged to JUST touch them. I was so exhausted and confused and high and belittled I just allowed it to happen. This led to her touching the rest of me. I never said yes, I said no repeatedly. She performed oral sex on me and then I was penetrated with a sex toy without being asked.” Timothy revealed their friendship ended soon after.
In response to Melanie’s latest tweet about “false statements,” Timothy wrote, “This is why victims don’t speak up. I wouldn’t wish this upon anyone.”