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6 December 2017, 15:12
In a new interview, Heller reveals text messages and photos, claiming that Martinez attempted to stop her from going public with her story.
Timothy Heller has given her first interview since accusing her former friend Melanie Martinez of sexual assault in a social media post earlier this week.
Heller told Newsweek that Martinez made contact with her for the first time in over a year on November 16th after she alluded to her forthcoming allegations on Twitter, writing "What if I have my own story of abuse but I’m scared to ruin the person's life and I still love them in a fucked up way and the public really really loves them".
Within 20 mins of her posting the tweet, Heller claims that Martinez attempted to call both her and her boyfriend Mikey as well as sending him multiple text messages which have been shown to Newsweek, in which "the 22-year-old singer says she recently dreamed about Heller and that inspired her to get in touch. Martinez also suggests the services of a "healer" named Raven, which Heller said she found "insane" and deeply insulting."
Heller added "Suggesting a healer after I said I might tell my story, saying she dreamt about me, it's condescending. What, she's invested in my well-being all of a sudden? And it has nothing to do with that tweet?"
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 her post on December 4th, Heller claims that Martinez assaulted her in bed after hours of attempting to coerce her into sex and prying into her sexual preferences. The assault allegedly took place on June 25th 2015 and Heller has released a picture to Newsweek of Melanie in a blindfold and handcuffs as part of a flirtatious game she insisted on playing.
Heller explained that "We remained friends for a while, but it was strange, obviously. I think I was invalidating my own experience for so long because she's not a man. Plus, she was my friend, and I sat with what happened in silence because I didn't want to be malicious."
It was after the #MeToo campaign went viral that Heller found the confidence to speak out, while "watching Martinez brand herself as an ally to those with mental illness was too much hypocrisy for her to handle."
Martinez released a statement addressing the allegations on her own Twitter account yesterday (December 5th). When Newsweek approached her team for comment, a rep simply said "Melanie stands by her statement".
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