A Florida college student is claiming that she feared for her life while being attacked by her boyfriend last month in her Tampa apartment.
Melissa Gentz, 22, has released audio from the alleged attack on September 23, which is when she claims boyfriend Erick Brentz, 25, brutally beat her in a fight through her Instagram posts.
Gentz then recorded part of the fight, in which she can be heard crying while her millionaire heir boyfriend screams: ‘Why are you so dumb? Stop being stupid, see . You have no more notion of p … none. I already told you, see. Stop being dumb!’
Bretz, meanwhile, has pleaded not guilty to charges of domestic battery by strangulation and tampering with a witness.
The couple’s own social media pages begin to explain why their case has captured the country’s attention. Bretz has made headlines in the Brazilian Motocross Championship circuit since he was 15, and Gentz has more than 218,000 followers on Instagram, where she typically posts photos of her adventures, workouts, clothing and makeup.
Both Bretz and Gentz are from Belo Horizonte, a city of more than 2.5 million people in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.
His arrest was one of 16 that day on domestic violence charges in Hillsborough County alone.
But the account of 22-year-old Melissa Gentz went viral in her native Brazil, after she posted a photo on Instagram of her battered face and bloodshot eyes, and blamed fellow countryman Erick Bretz, 25.
His father owns one of Brazil’s largest grocery store chains, according to O Tempo, and the family is considered to be among the wealthiest of Brazil’s celebrity socialites.
In court documents filed in Hillsborough County Circuit Court, Gentz wrote that Bretz “is a multi-millionaire and has resources to harm others.”
She came to Tampa in January 2015 to study molecular and cellular biology at the University of South Florida, according to her Facebook page.
BWN Says: Girl, get out. We normally don’t post stories like this, but if something like this ever happens to you, please run and never go back. It will NEVER get better, especially if he is wealthy and a spoiled brat. Please use the The National Domestic Violence Hotline if you have no one to talk to. They WILL HELP you, FREE..
DESPITE STRONG LAWS, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN BRAZIL IS RAMPANT
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