CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A local singer is speaking out after a video of her bullying another woman went viral.
Strongsville Police are investigating the case that we first reported Friday.
Elaine Federer, 18, of Strongsville, says she got 34 snapchat videos sent to her cellphone in 45 minutes. The videos came from Hilary Anne Cashell, a 21-year-old aspiring singer from Vermilion.
The singer says the video being released publicly has changed her life. Cashell says this is a turning point for her and she takes responsibility for her actions.
In the video, Cashell can be heard saying this; "You're literally a waste of sperm and egg. I'll seriously punch you in the face," she said as a man laughed in the background. "You need to go kill yourself, make everyone's lives easier," Cashell sings at one point in the video.
"It just made me feel like all the progress I made with depression and everything I'd been through was just being knocked back into my face," Federer said.
Federer posted a montage of the videos online and it went viral. After that, Cashell posted a video herself-- apologizing.
In an interview with Cleveland 19, Cashell said her apology is genuine.
"I truly am sincerely sorry. I never want this happening to somebody again," Cashell said.
Cashell says this was a personal feud between her and Federer.
"This video going viral, I'm so thankful for, because I don't think I would have ever known how bad words can hurt," Cashell said.
On social media, many people questioned whether Hilary is just trying to save her music career. Her record label, BMG llc out of Lorain, has suspended her. Cashell insists this is not about her career.
"I don't want anyone going through what I just went through or she just went through again," Cashell said.
Now, she's on the other side of bullying. She says she's been bombarded with negative messages online. Cashell says she's even gotten death threats and some threatened her three-year-old daughter Farrah.
"If you ever step a foot in Strongsville I'll kill you. We hope that you kill yourself and nobody will feel bad for you," Cashell said, repeating the threats.
She's asking for a second chance. She started a bullying awareness campaign:
"I want to let people know you don't have to be a bully for the rest of your life. You don't have to be mean to people if you're an insecure person, you know what I'm saying. You don't have to stand back and watch somebody get bullied," Cashell said.
Cashell says the video was edited and doesn't portray her fairly. A man who was a mutual friend of Federer's was also involved in the video.
Since Federer posted that video online, she's gotten hundreds of messages of support. The video has been viewed over 100,000 times.
She has asked people not to retaliate against the people who sent it to her. Federer says she posted the video to encourage people to stand up to bullies.
"I wanted people to see if I can do it, you can do it," she said. "Some people get told way worse than I was told."
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