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.
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.