"I’ve just never had the platform to come out publicly."

By Hayden Wright

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter has been accused of a 2002 sexual assault. Melissa Schuman, a former member of pop group Dream, claims she and Carter were socializing at his home when he forcibly performed oral sex on her and forced her to reciprocate, before raping her.

Schuman shared the details of the incident in a lengthy blog post.

She wrote that she was 18 and a virgin at the time of the incident, Carter was 22.

Schuman says she wanted to report the incident shortly after, but her manager at the time warned her that Carter “had the most powerful litigator in the country.”

“He was right,” she wrote. “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.”

“I was broken,” she wrote. “I was tired. I was traumatized. I told my therapist. I told my family. I told my friends. I have a plethora of people who can attest that I eventually became open vocal about my experience, I’ve just never had the platform to come out publicly.”

Carter responded to Schuman’s accusations in a statement to People which reads:

“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.”

 

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