Student’s horror injuries after millionaire partner ‘beat her for Instagram pic’

A student has shared photos of the injuries she says she suffered at the hands of her millionaire boyfriend because an image she posted on Instagram showed too much cleavage.

Melissa Gentz, 22, claims Erick Bretz beat her, kicked her and threw her around his condo in a rage due to the online snap.

According to the law enforcement document, Gentz pushed her partner when he became verbally abusive during the early hours of morning September 23.

Then she claims Bretz, 25, got violent back, eventually leading to his arrest.


At first her report of domestic violence attracted little attention.

But her post went viral in her native Brazil when she posted a photo on Instagram of her battered face and bloodshot eyes, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

Scores of Brazilian celebrities took to social media to share Gentz’s photos.

Bretz has pleaded not guilty to charges of domestic battery by strangulation and tampering with a witness.


Bretz has made headlines in the Brazilian Motocross Championship circuit since he was 15, and Gentz has more than 218,000 followers on Instagram.

Both Bretz and Gentz are from Belo Horizonte, a Brazilian city in the state of Minas Gerais.

In court documents filed in Hillsborough County Circuit Court, Gentz wrote that Bretz "is a multi-millionaire and has resources to harm others."

The couple dated for three months before Bretz’s arrest at his apartment.

In a report, police wrote that he became "argumentative and jealous" after taking medication and drinking about four beers and three-fourths of a bottle of wine.

The fight started about 4.11am, the report said.

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Gentz told police that Bretz took her cell phone and "bothered" her to the point she pushed and attempted to punch him. He threw her to the floor, kicked her in the face and began to strangle her with his legs, the report said.

Bretz punched Gentz repeatedly in the face and pulled out chunks of her hair, she told police. He tossed her around the room by her hair and struck her in the face with a bottle, leaving a long cut across her forehead, the report said.

Gentz managed to free herself and ran to the apartment’s bathroom.

She attempted to call 911, but her boyfriend kicked in the door and trapped her inside the room, she reported.

Eventually, Gentz managed to escape the apartment and ran to the building’s lobby, where the doorman called 911 for an ambulance to take her to a nearby hospital.

Gentz quickly took to social media after her boyfriend’s arrest, sharing photos of her severely bruised face and the bathroom door she said Bretz broke in two.

She also shared audio recordings she said she captured during the fight, in which a man is heard yelling the following in Portuguese: "You do not accept the man who has more dominance than you.

"You do not accept, you think you’re the man of the relationship. But you’re not, you’re a woman, you see, you have to accept that."

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