A statement from Melinda Smith, better known by her stage name Mercedes Carrera, was issued to XBIZ [via KIA] on February 7th, 2019, where she explained why she was arrested, and the claims made in the police report about abusing a child under the age of 10.
In the statement, it reads…
“Last week, my husband and I [were] arrested on charges of molesting my nine-year-old daughter, the absolute worst crime I can imagine. The charges were filed by her father, my ex-partner (a fundamentalist Christian). He is trying to take custody of our child from me. The charges are absolutely false and horrifying, and a last ditch effort to keep me from contact with my daughter for the rest of my life. I am so worried for her. Her life is shattered. Life will never be the same for any of us. We are struggling to make sense of this nightmare. This is a no-bail offense, so we are stuck in jail until we are cleared. We are facing decades in prison and do not even have money for a lawyer. We do not know what to do, but I ask that you all know me for who I am, and know that neither I nor my husband would ever, ever do anything like this to any child, let alone my beloved daughter.”
Carrera doesn’t name her ex-partner, so it’s unclear who is being referenced here other than that he’s labeled as a “fundamentalist Christian”.
At this point it’s unclear which story is true until more evidence surfaces.
Various media outlets have assumed Carrera was guilty based on the police statements, but there haven’t been any further reports relating to the bedroom and the camera setup and what it was used for, or whether there was any additional evidence to corroborate the claims that actual child abuse took place.
For now it’s a he-said, she-said scenario.
Carrera made news in various Left-wing and some Right-wing circles due to her outspoken support of #GamerGate, and her rejection of the militant identity politics being fished by pundits and activists like Zoe Quinn and Anita Sarkeesian.
Some people are withholding judgment for now, while others believe that having a loaded gun in the house with methamphetamine set off red flags. For now we have to wait for additional information from the investigators.
(Thanks for the news tip Ebicentre)
(Main image courtesy of Drunken Peasants)