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.
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.
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.
Even so, people have been quick with their reactions.
Some completely deny its validity…
i call bs,, is there aNY proof this girl knew melanie??? it's funny how literally anyone can write a story of a celeb assaulting them and everyone automatically believes it?? u know sometimes people just want attention n retweets??
— bad ghrl bri bri Ⓥ (@chinchlady701) December 5, 2017
While others have rushed to support Heller after sharing her story.
So brave of you to come forward about this. It makes me so sad that you went through that but thank you for being a good example for other victims to feel the strength and courage to come forward
— Ricky Dillon (@RickyPDillon) December 5, 2017
Many are waiting to hear more details before taking a side.
I’m gonna stay in the middle and wait who is telling the truth…
— OxrBlxeMoon (@OurBlxeMxon) December 5, 2017
Martinez responded to the allegations with her own tweet.
— CRYBABY (@MelanieLBBH) December 5, 2017
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.
There’s more to it than just saying, “No.” If she’s lying there and clearly not enjoying it, then it’s not a yes. Unless you heard her utter the word, “Yes,” there’s no debate. You raped her and that’s the end of it. It’s the basic rapist defense. “She didn’t say no.”
— Oatmeal Mooney (@catalie_nurren) December 5, 2017
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.
Overwhelmingly, people are asking Martinez one question about the encounter, “Did she say yes?”
But did she say yes
— aylin (@hereisMUNA) December 5, 2017
Martinez has not followed up her statement with any clarifications.