Erick Bretz is a Brazilian professional athlete who went berserk on his stunning girlfriend and the case went viral after she posted images of her injuries online.
Erick Bretz was until recently in a relationship with the gorgeous Melissa Gentz. However the coupled had an argument and he allegedly beat and strangled her. She posted a photo on Instagram of her battered face and bloodshot eyes, and blamed boyfriend Erick Bretz saying “A man who treats you like that does not respect you and does not see you as a human being. He will not change.” “Put yourself first of all, before it’s too late.”
Her account went viral in her native Brazil, and since the images have been shared numerous times on Facebook and other platforms. As a result an investigation was opened and even Brazil’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is monitoring the case. Bretz was arrested and charged with domestic battery by strangulation and tampering with a witness.
But it turns out neither Erick or Melissa are your average joe’s.
22-year-old Melissa Gentz is a model and social media star who has more than 218k followers on Instagram. The Instagrammer and socialite usually posts photos of her adventures, workouts, clothing and makeup.
She came to Tampa in January 2015 to study molecular and cellular biology at the University of South Florida. She is the daughter of Reiner Gentz – Founder and President of Gentz & Gentz Biotechnology Consultants. She has one sister, Monique Gentz.
25-year-old Erick Bretz is a native of Belo Horizonte, a city in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. 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.
Erick Bretz has made headlines on his own in the Brazilian Motocross Championship circuit since he was 15.
The couple dated for about three months prior to the incident which took place on September 23. According to the Tampa Bay, Gentz told police that Erick threw her to the floor, kicked her in the face and began to strangle her with his legs. He punched her 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.
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.
Erick Bretz is currently out on bail.