Nick Carter is responding to shocking allegations that he raped aspiring pop singer Melissa Schuman 15 years ago.
The Backstreet Boys singer released a statement to People:
“I am shocked and saddened by Ms. Schuman’s accusations,” said Carter, who is now married with a baby son. “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,” Carter 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, then an 18-year-old singer with teen group Dream (signed by Bad Boy CEO Sean Combs), wrote on her personal blog last week about Carter’s “graphic, violent sexual behavior.”
In the post, she reports that Carter, then 22, invited her over to his Santa Monica house during a break in shooting a TV movie in which they both were starring. Schuman brought her roommate with her.
Carter got her in a bathroom and it was then when he forced her to perform oral sex after he performed oral sex on her, despite her objections.
“I felt scared and trapped,” wrote the married mother of two. “He was visually and clearly growing very angry and impatient with me. I couldn’t leave. It was evident to me, that I couldn’t leave. 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.”
Then the former boybander, who was raised in Ruskin, near Tampa, allegedly penetrated her.
“He was relentless, refusing to take my no’s for an answer. He was heavy, too heavy to get out from under him. Then I felt it, he put something inside of me. I asked him what it was and he whispered in my ear once more.”
When all was finished, Schuman reported that he told her, “That was so much fun, huh?!”
On Twitter, she posted that she feels relieved that she got the alleged incident off her chest.
“I just want to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support. Thank you for bearing witness to my story. Thank you for providing me a safe place to be open and vulnerable. I love you all. Thank you for aiding me in the healing that I so desperately needed. I am free now.”
This is not the first time Carter has been in the headlines.
Early last year, Carter was arrested in Key West on a misdemeanor battery charge after a bar fight outside the famed Hog’s Breath Saloon. He had to do community service and pay court fees from the incident.