Nick Carter says he’s ‘shocked and saddened’ by accusations made by a singer who said he raped her about 15 years ago.
Melissa Schuman of the girl group Dream wrote in a blog post that she was ‘forced to engage in an act against my will.’ She said the Backstreet Boy took her virginity.
But Carter says in a statement Wednesday that ‘Melissa never expressed to me while we were together or at any time since that anything we did was not consensual.’
He adds that he ‘was always respectful and supportive of Melissa both personally and professionally.’
Dream was signed to Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ Bad Boy Records and produced the hit ‘He Loves U Not.’
Schuman and Carter recorded music together after she said he attacked her.
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Nick Carter (right, in May 2017) has responded to allegations he raped ex-Dream singer Melissa Schuman (left, in July 2016) in 2002 at his home in Santa Monica
The Backstreet Boys (right, with the rest of the band in 1996) singer said that he was ‘shocked and saddened’ by the accusations
He said he was always ‘respectful and supportive of Melissa (left, with Dream in 2001) both personally and professionally’
In her blog post, Schuman said that Carter forced her to perform oral sex on him before raping her inside his Santa Monica apartment in 2002.
NICK CARTER’S STATEMENT:
‘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,” the Backstreet Boy said.
‘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.’
Schuman said she was 18 and he was 22 at the time of the alleged assault. She said her first conversation with Carter occurred over the phone while she was filming her This Is Me Remix music video with her group Dream and then boss, P. Diddy.
Schuman wrote on her blog that their labels set up the call because they thought the pair should date.
‘My label reps sat in on the call, anticipating a spark between the two of us. I was already dating someone steadily at the time,’ Schuman wrote.
Schuman said a few years later, Carter invited her to his Santa Monica apartment for a ‘casual hangout,’ to which she also invited a friend.
She claims that they all took a shot and played video games before Carter asked her to come into his office and listen to some new music he was working on.
Carter allegedly made out with her before forcibly unbuttoning her pants and performing oral sex on her, despite her desperate calls for him to stop.
Schuman then claims he took her into a bathroom where he made her perform oral sex on him.
‘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.
‘My friend couldn’t help me, I didn’t even know where she was. So when he placed my hand on his penis my thought was the only way to get out was to get him to finish what he had started,’ Schuman wrote.
Schuman alleges that Carter then threw her on the bed and climbed on top of her.
Schuman (left) made the allegations in a graphic blog post, claiming Carter (right, in 1996) forced her to perform oral sex on him
She alleges he then took her to his bedroom and forced her to have intercourse. The two were both cast in the 2004 made-for-TV movie The Hollow
‘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,’ she wrote.
She alleges that Carter, who appeared to be growing impatient with her, then forced her to have intercourse.
After the alleged rape, Schuman said Carter called her over and over again for weeks but she refused to pick up the phone.
‘Then he finally left me one last nasty, angry message and he never called me again,’ she wrote.
Carter married Lauren Kitt (pictured in 2015) in 2014. They have a son together
‘It was over, at least I thought it was. I thought I’d never have to see or hear from him ever again. Until, I later signed with his manager, Kenneth Crear. Kenneth Crear was a very powerful manager who I thought could help me make my mark as a recording artist,’ Schuman said.
But she said she soon found out that Crear and Carter, who is married to Lauren Kitt, were ‘best friends’. Carter and Kitt also have a son together.
‘Kenneth set up a showcase for me for a major label. We recorded a few songs, one of them was a duet with my abuser. We never recorded together. He had pre-recorded his part and I went in and recorded mine.
‘Again, what was I supposed to do? I could’t tell my manager that his best friend had raped me so I won’t record this song,’ Schuman wrote.
Schuman said she didn’t tell her friend, who was also at the apartment during the alleged rape, about the incident.
And instead, she told her manager, who told her Carter had one of the most powerful legal teams out there and publicly accusing him would hurt her career.
Schuman said that she ‘quickly lost interest in pursuing a career as a recording artist’.
The Backstreet Boys will be going on tour next month. They are pictured during a performance in Quebec City in July
Schuman (left, performing with Dream in July 2016) said her family urged her to come forward about the alleged incident after the news broke about the multiple sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein
‘I was broken. 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,’ she wrote in the blog post.
Schuman said her family urged her to come forward about the alleged incident after the news broke about the multiple sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
She said at first she said ‘no’ until she saw a RadarOnline article last month claiming that Carter was accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old fan during a booze-fueled house party in 2006.
Schuman said that commenters on the story victim-shamed the woman, which is one of the reason why ‘victims don’t speak out’.
‘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.
‘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.
‘I believe you. I stand with you and together I hope we can bring light to things that have been lost in the darkness for so long,’ Schuman wrote, concluding with #MeToo.