Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter is speaking out after a former member of the 2000s girl band, DREAM, accused him of rape. The “Drowning” singer said he’s “shocked and saddened” by the accusations.
Melissa Schuman, arguably best known for her DREAM hit, “He Loves U Not,” detailed the alleged incident on her blog earlier this month, claiming that when she was 18, a then-22-year-old Carter performed oral sex her, forced her to perform oral sex on him, then raped her. Schuman claimed she told Carter numerous times she wasn’t interested, but he reportedly didn’t listen.
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Question: What do we call it when a well-known male power player in this or that industry turns out to be a disgusting* sexual predator? (*or allegedly disgusting)
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According the Schuman’s post, the incident happened when Carted invited her to his Santa Monica apartment after they were both casted in the 2004 television movie, Hollow. She alleged when she arrived to his apartment, Carter immediately offered her liquor. Schuman reportedly brought her friend along, who hung out with Carter’s friend, an unknown male, at the apartment.
Schuman claimed Carter led her to his office, where they began kissing. She said she emphasized to Carter that she was a virgin and had no plans of going any further.
“He took my hand and led me down the hallway to the office. He went to his computer and started to play the music he was working on, he turned off the light and we sat there in the computer light listening to his new stuff. And naturally we started to kiss. He was aware that I was a virgin and that I held to religious conservative christian values. I was vocal about this. Everyone knew about this, including those who repped me.”
Afterward, Schuman claimed Carter picked her up and placed her on the bathroom counter, where he unbuttoned her pants. She said she told him to stop numerous times, but the singer didn’t listen, and continued until he took her pants off and proceeded to have oral sex with her—later demanding that she return the favor. He then allegedly took her to his bed, where she claimed he raped her, despite her pleading with him to stop.
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“He threw me on the bed and climbed on top of me. Again, I told him that I was a virgin and I didn’t want to have sex. I told him that I was saving myself for my future husband. I said it over and over again. He whispered in my ear as to entice me, ‘I could be your husband,’” Schuman wrote.
People reports that when Carter learned of the accusations, he issued a statement in which he claimed that he’s never been sexually involved with anyone unless it was consensual, including Schuman. He indicated that after the alleged night in question, they recorded a song and performed together, without Schuman ever uttering a word that she felt uncomfortable.
“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.”
Schuman, however, wrote that she tried to report the incident, but her manager, Nils Larsen, told her it would hurt her career, not to mention that Carter reportedly had the “most powerful litigator in the country.” She said she was advised against coming forward because she would be publicly humiliated, as Carter had legions of devoted fans would likely defend him. She ultimately decided to let it go and focus on her career….until now.
Carter took issue with the fact Schuman made the claims decades later.
“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.”
I just want to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support. Thank you for bearing witness to my story. Thank you for providing me a safe place to be open and vulnerable. I love you all. Thank you for aiding me in the healing that I so desperately needed. I am free now.
— MelissaSchuman (@MelissaSchuman) November 21, 2017
Meanwhile, Schuman is holding firm to her story. She’s received an outpouring of support on social media, which she said gave the chance to start the healing process. Schuman is currently working on an acting and singing career.
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