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Nick Carter from Backstreet Boys has been accused of sexual assault

Carter says he is “shocked and saddened” by the allegations.

BACKSTREET BOYS’ MEMBER Nick Carter has been accused of sexual assault by a fellow musician.

Melissa Schuman, a former member of girl group Dream, alleged that Carter assaulted her in his apartment when she was 18.

In a blog post, she wrote that she came forward to inspire others to tell their story.

Nothing like a little #happyplace to put a smile on your face! 🌺🌼🌸🌷thanks! @wearehappyplace #wearehappyplace #happymonday

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Schuman claims she met Carter at his apartment for a “casual hangout” with his friend and her friend.

However, they were not entirely strangers to each other as Carter had allegedly requested a call with her after he had shown romantic interest.

I was transparent with my then boyfriend about the call and assured him I had no interest but needed to at least accept his call out of respect and courtesy to my label.”

Having abided by “religious conservative Christian values,” Schuman was a virgin and wrote “everyone knew about this.” However, after she claims he took her into a bathroom, Schuman said she didn’t want to go any further, but Carter allegedly unbuttoned her pants and performed oral sex.

I told him to stop, but he didn’t. So I turned off the bathroom light so I wouldn’t see anything.”
He kept turning the light back on because he told me he wanted to look at me. I remember thinking at that point that maybe after this he will just stop, but he didn’t.”

Inside another bedroom, she claims he raped her after she said she did not want to have sex and was saving herself for her future husband.

She wrote she later recorded a duet with Carter as part of a “showcase” for a major label, though they recorded their parts separately.

Schuman said she eventually told family, friends, her therapist and manager about the alleged rape. However, her manager allegedly told her Carter had “the most powerful litigator in the country.”

I didn’t have the money, the clout or access to an attorney who was powerful enough to stand up against my abuser’s legal counsel. I was told I would likely be buried in humiliation, accused of being fame hungry, and it would ultimately hurt me professionally as well as publicly.”

The Backstreet Boys perform at the Festival D'ete De Quebec Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

Carter statement

In a statement to E! News, Carter said he was “shocked and saddended” bu Schuman’s account.

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.”

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