Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys has been accused of rape. Melissa Schuman, a member of the early aughts teen pop group, Dream, shared a blog post on November 19, detailing a graphic sexual assault at the hands of the boy band star. She writes that the pair were cast in a made-for-TV movie together around 2002—Carter was 22 and she was 18 at the time of the incident.
One night, he invited Schuman and a friend to a small get-together at his apartment in Santa Monica, California. She writes that he gave everyone in attendance liquor before inviting her to his office to hear new music. They kissed there, Carter eventually bringing her into the bathroom. Although Schuman told him she didn’t want to go any further, Carter unbuttoned her pants and performed oral sex on her. He then allegedly demanded she perform oral sex on him, forcing her to reciprocate against her will.
Then, she writes, Carter brought her into the bedroom. Schuman explains that Carter was well aware that she was still a virgin at the time and intended to stay that way, reminding him of this immediately before the alleged rape:
“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 details how the incident might have negatively impacted her career. She eventually signed with a manager, Kenneth Crear, who she came to find out was close friends with Carter. He set up a showcase with Schuman, which included a duet with Carter. Their parts were recorded separately, but eventually they performed the song together. She hoped the collaboration would help her get signed, since she talked to a label head after the show who said it “sounded amazing” and “could easily attach it to a movie soundtrack.” After a few weeks passed, Crear told her the label was taking the song elsewhere with Carter, leaving Schuman to wonder how it collapsed:
“I could tell by his tone that he was no longer interested in working for me and I couldn’t help but wonder if Nick had any influence in it. I never did another showcase again after that and I quickly lost interest in pursuing a career as a recording artist. I was broken. I was tired. I was traumatized.”
Schuman writes that she initially didn’t want to come forward after the Harvey Weinstein stories broke, but was inspired to speak up and help validate another alleged victim who anonymously shared their story of Carter assaulting them at a party with RadarOnline.
“So many years later, the idea of reliving and re-writing the events that were traumatic, something that I have worked so diligently to heal from is painful. I did however promise that if another victim ever came forward I would then feel the responsibility to show my support by sharing my story.”
This morning, Carter shared a statement with Stereogum, denying Schuman’s allegations and claiming that she never informed him at the time or in the years since that it was a non-consensual encounter:
“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.”