Melissa Schuman, formerly of the pop girl group Dream, has come accused Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter of rape and sexual assault. In a blog post, Schuman alleges that when she was 18 years old, and Carter was 22, he forced her into a number of sexual acts, including intercourse, during a visit to his apartment. Carter absolutely denies the claims.
Schuman alleges that Carter performed oral sex on her despite her protestations, and then asked her to perform oral sex on him. "I felt scared and trapped," she wrote, in her account of the alleged assault. "He was visually and clearly growing very angry and impatient with me. I couldn’t leave. It was evident to me, that I couldn’t leave. He was stronger and much bigger than me, and there was no way I would be able to open that door or have anyone help me."
However, following this she alleges that Carter took her to a bedroom and raped her. She states that she said "over and over" that she was a virgin, didn't want to have sex, and was waiting until marriage to have sex with her "future husband." To this, she claims that Carter replied "I could be your husband."
Despite wanting to press charges, she was later warned by a manager that Carter "had the most powerful litigator in the country" and thus her attempts would have been futile. She adds that because of her burgeoning music career, she was afraid to speak out, thinking that making the accusations publicly would harm it.
Noisey has reached out to a representative for the Backstreet Boys, who says that a statement regarding the accusation is coming.
UPDATE 10:57 AM EST: Noisey has obtained a statement from Nick Carter via a representative. He says:
I am shocked and saddened by Ms. Schuman’s accusations. Melissa never expressed to me while we were together or at any time since that anything we did was not consensual. We went on to record a song and perform together, and I was always respectful and supportive of Melissa both personally and professionally. This is the first that I am hearing about these accusations, nearly two decades later. It is contrary to my nature and everything I hold dear to intentionally cause someone discomfort or harm.
We will continue to update this story with further developments.
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