90 Day Fiance star, Ashley Martson, shocked viewers when she revealed on social media that she was kidnapped, raped and almost murdered when she was 19-years-old.
“Yes, when I was 19 I was kidnapped, raped and almost killed by a stranger,” Ashley wrote on Instagram last week.
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As most of you know an old friend decided to send the tabloids a very personal story about me. Yes, when I was 19 I was kidnapped, raped and almost killed by a stranger. Many outlets were reaching out to me for comment. I reached out to @johnyates327 who was also sent the story and asked him to leak it first because I wasn’t sure how the other tabloids would portray me. I knew he would post it with the with dignity and respect with the understanding that this is a very sensitive subject. People are disgusting. Sending this story to tabloids shows how shitty people really are. Everyone take it easy on @johnyates327 he has my permission #90dayfiance #tlc #metoo
In October, Sean Patrick Gallagher, 39, was convicted for kidnapping and raping Ashley in New York City, in 2005. A conclusive DNA match between Gallagher and semen found in Ashley’s car sealed the case. According to NYC law enforcement, Gallagher followed Ashley on her way to work and put a box cutter blade to her throat, in a robbery attempt. Ashley told him that she had no money, and Gallagher forced her into her own passenger seat and bound her hands with plastic zip ties. Gallagher transported her to an athletic field, where he raped her.
“He bound her hands with zip ties so tight, her hands turned blue,” senior deputy prosecutor Jennifer Russell revealed during the trial. “She was terrified he was going to kill her.”
The TLC personality got away after she knocked her attacker off balance with her bag. She was forced to chew through the zip ties to free her hands, during the escape.
Court records state that Gallagher is currently serving an 8-20 year prison sentence for a Philadelphia robbery case.
Ashley Martson’s K1 Visa love story with Jamaican fiance, Jay Smith, is being chronicled for the TLC reality show. 90 Day Fiance airs Sunday nights at 8:00 pm, on TLC.