Nick Carter responds to rape allegations
He was accused of raping Melissa Schuman when she was 18 years old
Backstreet Boy Nick Carter has responded to Melissa Schuman's accusations that he raped her when she was 18 years old. In a statement obtained by Cosmpolitan, Nick said he had not known that "anything we did was not consensual."
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.
According to Melissa, now 33, then-22-year-old Nick had allegedly forced himself on her and assaulted her when she was 18 years old. She recounted the incident in a very detailed blog post.
"After kissing for a moment, he took my hand and brought me into the bathroom adjacent to his office," she wrote. "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."
"I felt scared and trapped. He was visually and clearly growing very angry and impatient with me," she said. "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."
Shortly after her allegations went viral, Melissa took to Twitter to thank everyone for their support. She credited the "brave women who shared their stories before me" for the courage to stand up.
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.— MelissaSchuman (@MelissaSchuman) November 21, 2017
I was empowered to share my story because of the brave women who shared their stories before me. My hope is that my experience further highlights the urgent need for open dialogue and education about consent and sexual assault.— MelissaSchuman (@MelissaSchuman) November 23, 2017
To those who have shared their stories with me, I see you. I believe you. I stand with you.”— MelissaSchuman (@MelissaSchuman) November 23, 2017