Former ‘The Voice US’ contestant Melanie Martinez responds to rape allegations

The singer has been accused of rape by fellow musician Timothy Heller

Melanie Martinez, a former contestant on the American version of The Voice, has responded to allegations of rape.

The singer has been accused of rape by fellow musician Timothy Heller, a former friend of Martinez’s. According to reports, Heller’s former band Dresses opened a show for Martinez in 2014.

Writing on Twitter, Heller said the pair shared a “codependent” friendship before alleged incidents that took place over the course of a two-night sleepover.

Detailing the alleged abuse, Heller described how on the first night Martinez questioned her sexual preferences and pressured her into having sex with her.

On the second night, Heller claims that Martinez “performed oral sex” on her and penetrated her with a sex toy without her consent.

“I never said yes. I said no, repeatedly,” Heller wrote. “But she used her power over me, and broke me down. Just so there is no confusion, I was molested by my best friend.”

“Girls can rape girls. Best friends can rape best friends,” Heller went on to add. “Friendship does not equal consent. Silence doesn’t equal consent. I wish it wasn’t so hard for me to convince myself of these things.”

Martinez has since responded in a statement on Twitter, claiming that the sexual encounter had been consensual and describing herself as “horrified and saddened” by Heller’s allegations.

“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,” Martinez writes.

“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. She never said no to what we chose to do together. And although we parted ways, I am sending her love and light always.”

Martinez reached the top six in the third season of The Voice US in 2012. Her debut album ‘Cry Baby’ reached number six in the US charts in 2015.

  • For help, advice or more information regarding sexual harassment, assault and rape in the UK, visit the Rape Crisis charity website. In the US, visit RAINN.