Timothy Heller, former Dresses musician, spoke with Newsweek earlier this week after she accused singer Melanie Martinez of sexual misconduct and rape. Martinez responded to those allegations stating that she was “horrified and saddened” and “She never said no to what we chose to do together.”

A month before the accusations, Heller tweeted out “What if I have my own story of abuse but I’m scared to ruin the person’s life and I still love them in a fucked up way and the public really really loves them.”

She claims 20 minutes later, Martinez texted Heller for the first time in over a year.

Martinez then tried calling Heller’s boyfriend, Mikey, and sent him several text messages asking him to put her in touch with Heller. In Martinez’s text messages, which Newsweek has read, the 22-year-old singer says she recently dreamed about Heller and that inspired her to get in touch. Martinez also suggests the services of a “healer” named Raven, which Heller said she found “insane” and deeply insulting.

As for Heller’s thoughts on Martinez’s denial, she says:

“First of all, I did say ‘no,’ multiple times. 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.”

Heller goes on to say, “Her fans see her as this angel who understands them. So I assumed no one was going to take me seriously if I explained what she did. I’ve been reading all the #metoo stories, and though I’m obviously in support of the people coming forward, I wasn’t sure if my story of being assaulted fit.

“People don’t really talk about this. But I know now that assault happens this way all the time. I loved her even after it happened, and I had this sick need to protect her, which I’ve learned is very common for victims of assault, especially those hurt by their family or friends.”

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