The latest sexual assault allegation in the entertainment industry is shocking fans of ’90s pop music everywhere.
Melissa Schuman, known as a singer in the all-girl teen band DREAM, says Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys raped her in 2002.
In a post published on her personal blog, Schuman explains the alleged incident took place around the time the two were working on the made-for-TV movie The Hollow.
Schuman describes Carter as having been friendly and “charismatic.” The boy band star invited the singer to his apartment. She brought a friend along, but Schuman followed Carter to his office, where he said he would show her his new music.
Then, things took a turn for the worse.
“After kissing for a moment, he took my hand and brought me into the bathroom adjacent to his office. He shut the door and we continued to kiss. I asked him what we were doing in there. He didn’t respond and continued to kiss me. He then pick me up, put me on the bathroom counter and started to unbutton my pants. I told him I didn’t want to go any further.
He didn’t listen.
He didn’t care.”
Schuman says Carter forcibly performed oral sex on her, then obligated her to perform oral sex on him. He then took her to the bedroom, where he allegedly raped her.
“Same as before his appetite was still not satisfied and now took me to the bedroom. It was late. The apartment was now dark and all you could hear was the remaining music in the living room. 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.”
Schuman says she kept the incident to herself out of fear of career repercussions. She explains that she later had the same agent as Carter and even did a duet with him, although their voices were recorded separately.
But after she treated Carter coldly during a live performance of the tune, her Schuman’s agent blacklisted her and the song, “There For Me,” was scrapped.
Schuman was initially hesitant to come forward with her story even after the multitude of post-Harvey Weinstein public allegations. But she says she found the courage to do so after discovering a Radar Online article detailing another woman’s sexual assault allegation against Carter.
“I feel I have an obligation now to come forward with the hope and intention to inspire and encourage other victims to tell their story,” Schuman writes. “We are stronger in numbers. If you are reading this and you have been assaulted, know you don’t have to be silent and you are not alone. I know it’s scary. I’m scared.”