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8 Details Revealed About Melanie Martinez, The 'Voice' Singer Accused Of Rape By Her Female Best Friend

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Melissa Martinez accused of rape by former friend Timothy Heller
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On Monday, musician Timothy Heller accused The Voice star Melanie Martinez of rape. Heller claims the singer sexually assaulted her back on June 25, 2015, and the details are disturbing.

According to Heller’s tweet, which made the rape accusation public, all Heller wanted to do was go to sleep when the alleged assault occurred. Martinez began making Heller very uncomfortable but she laughed it off at first.

"I was laughing along at first," Heller said. "But Melanie was so serious."

Martinez allegedly begged to feel Heller’s breasts and suggested they play a game with handcuffs. For hours Martinez allegedly tried to convince Heller to have sex and then performed oral sex on Heller.

“I was penetrated with a sex toy without being asked,” Heller claims.

Heller said she didn't come forward with her story until now because she was such close friends with Martinez. But when Martinez began standing up for those with mental illnesses, Heller couldn't take it. She herself is an advocate for mental health and said it was too much, according to Newsweek.

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“The bottom line that I always need to remind myself is that: I said no. For TWO NIGHTS STRAIGHT,” Heller tweeted. Below is a photo from the night of the alleged incident: 

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Heller also said that it was so difficult for her to process her abuse because Martinez was her best friend. “…There was no way I could have been RAPED by my best friend…right?” she said in the detailed tweet.

Martinez took to Twitter to respond to Heller’s allegations. “She never said no to what we chose to do together,” Martinez tweeted. Heller was not happy with her response to the allegations she made and explained to Newsweek that was not true.

"First of all, I did say 'no,' multiple times," she said. "But even if I hadn't, that doesn't mean I wanted it. She dug her own grave saying, 'she didn't say no'. That's not consent."

Here is everything you need to know about Heller’s alleged rapist, Melanie Martinez:

1. She tried to cover up the alleged rape.

Heller had originally tweeted that she wanted to share the story of being sexually abused by a friend and Martinez allegedly tried prevent the story from being told.

Within 20 minutes of posting about sharing her story, Martinez called Heller.

“I started sobbing when I saw [Melanie] was calling me, and I blocked her,” Heller told Newsweek. Then she called Heller’s boyfriend asking him to tell Heller to call her.

2. She performed on The Voice as a junior in high school.

In 2012, Martinez was in her third year of high school. She was also on the show The Voice.

She auditioned singing “Toxic” by Britney Spears. She was eliminated in week 5 of the singing competition by popular vote.

3. She was called a crybaby as a child.

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Martinez told Vogue that she was very in-tune with her emotions as a child. She wrote poetry to get her feelings out.

“Growing up, I feel like a lot of people are taught that being emotional is a weakness,” she said in a 2016 interview.

That’s why she titled her first album Cry Baby.

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4. Her album Cry Baby was released in 2015.

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Martinez signed with Atlantic Records and released an EP, Dollhouse, before creating a full album.

The album Cry Baby is about coming of age, love, family, and body image and was released on August 14, 2015, just a month after the alleged rape of Timothy Heller.

5. She has directed some of her own music videos.

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She told Billboard that “it's been pretty incredible how much control Atlantic has let me have,” talking about how she has been able to direct her own music videos.

She has directed videos for “Pity Party,” “Sippy Cup,” and “Soap.”

6. She is known for her two-toned hair.

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Martinez’s natural hair color is brown. Just before singing on The Voice, she died half of her hair black and the other half black, inspired by Disney’s villain Cruella De Vil. Though the black portion of her hair remains the same, she constantly dies the other side different colors.

7. She is very open about smoking weed.

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Many times she mentions the fact that she smokes.

During an interview with Vogue, she said that she has anxiety prior and after performing and that “I just need to smoke weed and chill out.”

Even in the tweet Heller posted accusing Martinez of raping her said they were both smoking pot and relaxing during a sleepover.

8. Martinez ended her friendship with Heller.

Newsweek said that Martinez texted Heller saying, “I just can't have anything stopping me or distracting me from getting where I need to get. [...] I don't have time to have those distracting things in my life. The next couple of years are pretty crucial for me and I need to focus.”

Martinez also never responded to any of the messages Heller sent her after that.

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