It was only yesterday that Backstreet Boys fans were getting all excited that BSB confirmed that they had new music dropping soon. We laughed and cried and tagged our friends in the exciting news. Now just a day later, some pretty upsetting allegations have made their way to the forefront against one member of the group.
The person is question is youngest member Nick Carter. The 38-year-old singer is being accused of rape by a former acquaintance who he worked with 16 years ago. Melissa Schuman, a member of the American pop group Dream, revealed all the details in a blog post she wrote back in November. According to her, the incident in question happened when she was 18 and Nick was 22 at Nick's Santa Monica apartment in 2002. @themelissaschumanembedded via
She says she was invited to Nick's home for a 'casual hangout' and arrived with a friend to Nick's sparsely furnished apartment. The only people that were there were Nick and a friend of his. Nick offered group alcohol and they all took some shots together and began to play video games. He later asked Melissa to come into his office and listen to some new music, which she agreed to do. Melissa then claims that it was in that moment that Nick displayed "graphic, violent sexual behavior".
Melissa recounts the night in chilling detail and says at one point "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, 'It's all of me baby.'
No some 16 years later, she has been inspired by the #TimesUp and #MeToo movement to come forward and take action and has filed a police report with the Santa Monica police department against Nick.
In a statement to Metro Co UK, Nick responded to the initial allegations in November saying: "I am shocked and saddened by Miss. Schuman's allegations. Melissa never expressed to me while we were together or at anytime since that anything we did was nonconsensual. We went on to record a song together and perform together, and I was always respectful and supportive of Melissa both personally and professionally.
"This is the first time that I'm hearing about these accusations, nearly two decades later. It is contrary to my nature and everything I hold dear to intentionally cause someone discomfort and harm."
When it comes to the recent news that police changes have been filed against him based on that night in 2002, he has yet to respond. Melissa in turn has said she waited this long to talk about her encounter and take action because at the time she was afraid of victim shaming.
Source: Metro Co Uk