Former ‘Voice’ Contestant Melanie Martinez Accused Of Rape
Over the last few months, since producer Harvey Weinstein was outed as a sexual predator, scores of women and men have come forward to allege sexual assault and harassment on the part of powerful people in both entertainment and politics. These scandals have now hit the world of talent competition shows when Voice contestant Melanie Martinez was accused by her female former friend Timothy Heller of rape.
According to Heller, Martinez and her were close friends for a while when Martinez began forcing herself onto Heller and eventually raped her. Martinez denies the charges and says that Heller must be misconstruing the events. This, of course, is what all of the people accused of rape and sexual harassment do. The reality is that only 3% of all reported cases of sexual assault are made up. That means that there is a 97% chance that Heller is indeed telling the truth in spite of Martinez’s claims.
What this case goes to show is that sexual harassment and assault doesn’t just happen between men and women. Assault can happen in any gender arrangement and it is equally as wrong. We hope that justice is done in this case.