Saturday 20 October 2018

US singer Melanie Martinez who appeared on The Voice denies accusations of rape made by former friend

The singer has responded on Twitter.

By Sherna Noah, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

US singer Melanie Martinez has denied sexual assault, saying she is “horrified and saddened” by a former friend’s allegation.

Female musician Timothy Heller alleged, in a long post on Twitter, that she “said ‘no’ repeatedly” to Martinez’s sexual advances.

“I think it’s important for you all to know this is about Melanie Martinez,” Heller alleged of the singer, who rose to prominence on the US edition of The Voice.

Martinez, 22, responded on Twitter, writing: “I am horrified and saddened by the statements and story told… by Timothy Heller.

“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.

“We both had pain in dealing with our individual demons… She never said no to what we chose to do together. And although we parted ways, I am sending her love and light always.”

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