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Melanie Martinez Has Been Accused Of Rape From A Former Friend And Roommate

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Timothy Heller, a former friend of pop singer Melanie Martinez, took to Twitter and alleged that Martinez raped her. Heller, who is also a musician, posted screenshots of a long message that details a night she claims Martinez took advantage of her vulnerability and raped her. The story erupted on social media as people reacted. Martinez is the latest celebrity to come under fire for alleged past sexual misconduct. *Trigger Warning: The story deals with sexual assault and rape with graphic details by the accuser.*

Timothy Heller recently shared a story on social media that accuses an unnamed woman, who she refers to as her best friend, of rape.

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CREDIT: @timethyheller / Twitter
CREDIT: @timethyheller / Twitter
CREDIT: @timethyheller / Twitter

According to Heller, the individual kept pursuing a sexual encounter for two days despite Heller turning down multiple advances. She says she felt broken down, and that’s when the individual assaulted her.

While she didn’t name her abuser in the initial post, Heller eventually came forward and admitted it was Martinez.

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There are several photos on social media of the two hanging out together – going to amusement parks and chilling on the couch – so it’s clear they knew each other.

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Even so, people have been quick with their reactions.

Some completely deny its validity…

While others have rushed to support Heller after sharing her story.

Many are waiting to hear more details before taking a side.

Martinez responded to the allegations with her own tweet.

In her response, Martinez paints the situation as a misunderstanding between the two, claiming that Heller “never said no to what we chose to do together.”

People quickly called out the singer’s statement as inauthentic and passing the blame.

The key part of any sexual encounter is consent. If the other party does not consent, then that’s that.

But some fans are staying by Martinez’ side no matter what.

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Overwhelmingly, people are asking Martinez one question about the encounter, “Did she say yes?”

Martinez has not followed up her statement with any clarifications.


READ: 6 Actresses Accuse Cuban-American Director Brett Ratner Of Sexual Assault

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ICE Is Using A Program To Target Gang Members To Arrest Undocumented Immigrants And Some Teens Have Been Affected

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ICE Is Using A Program To Target Gang Members To Arrest Undocumented Immigrants And Some Teens Have Been Affected

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers in New York City are engaging in an arrest strategy called Operation Matador. The operation is an attempt by law enforcement to arrest suspected gang members, according to ICE. The operation focuses more on people associated with MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha. However, reports from CBS and AlterNet have cast doubt on its integrity. Officers are now being accused of using the operation to detain undocumented immigrants rather than targeting gang members. ICE has arrested nearly 350 people in the New York area in connection with Operation Matador .

Recently, a group of almost 32 undocumented teenagers were detained as part of the operation. Officials suspected the teens were members of MS-13, as reported by The New York Times. The teens, who are not identified because of their age, were held in centers across the country until a judge decided that immigration officials did not have enough evidence to detain them, according to NPR. Officers arrested one teen because they believed him to be associated with gang members.

“Arrests were based on nothing more than a third-hand report from an unidentified local police officer that a child was wearing a certain article of clothing or was seen with certain people,” William Freeman, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union, told NPR.

CBS This Morning followed ICE officers in New York as they made an arrest of a 20-year-old man. According to the report, ICE agents had photos of the young man flashing gang signs but it is not illegal to be a member of a gang. Yet, the officers told CBS that they would use the gang affiliation against the man in immigration court to deny him a chance at bail.

“The purpose of classifying him as a gang member or a gang associate is because once he goes in front of an immigration judge, we don’t want him to get bail, because the whole point of this operation is to get these known gang members off the street,” Jason Molina, the assistant special agent at the arrest, told CBS This Morning.

(H/T: CBS This Morning)


READ: Undocumented Man Claims ICE Detained Him After He Spoke To the Media

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