Nick Carter, a member of the popular boy band Backstreet Boys, has been accused of rape by pop star Melissa Schuman. In a post on her website, Schuman, who was in the early 2000s all-girl group Dream (whose hits included “He Loves U Not” and “This Is Me”), claimed that Carter assaulted her while they were filming the made-for-TV movie The Hollow in 2002.
“My first impression of him, he was kind and charismatic so when he asked if I’d like to hang out with him and his friend at his Santa Monica apartment on our off day of shooting, I said yes. I invited my roommate to come with me,” Schuman wrote. “That evening my friend and I arrived to a barely furnished apartment. No dining room furniture, No living room furniture. Just a TV and a game console which both the guys were playing on.”
Carter supplied Schuman, then 18 years old, and her friend with alcohol, and they played video games until “he asked me if I would like to come into his office and listen to some new music he was working on. I agreed and was eager to hear his new music.” When they arrived, “we started to kiss,” she wrote. Carter then brought Schuman to the bathroom, where he “[picked] 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 told him thats not why I didn’t want to do it. He took off my pants anyway and then proceeded to perform oral sex on me. I told him to stop, but he didn’t. So I turned off the bathroom light so I wouldn’t see anything. He kept turning the light back on because he told me he wanted to look at me. I remember thinking at that point that maybe after this he will just stop, but he didn’t.
Someone in the house knocked on the bathroom door. So he took me into the other bathroom to pick up where he left off. He then took off his pants. I will never forget this moment. There was a bathroom nightlight so although it was dark, it was dimly lit enough for me to see myself in the bathroom mirror. He sat himself on the bathroom counter and asked me to perform oral sex on him. I declined, he was upset. He told me, “I did it for you and it’s only right you do it for me.”
I felt scared and trapped. 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. 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. That’s where I saw myself, my reflection, watching myself do something that I was sicken by. Watching myself be assaulted, forced to engage in an act against my will. (Via)
Carter allegedly threw Schuman on the bed and climbed on top of her. “I told him that I was a virgin and I didn’t want to have sex,” she wrote. “I told him that I was saving myself for my future husband… He whispered in my ear as to entice me, ‘I could be your husband.’ 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 me, baby.’ It was done.”
Schuman informed her then-manager about the attack, but she was told Carter “had the most powerful litigator in the country” and that legal action “would ultimately hurt me professionally as well as publicly.” She came forward now, though, “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.”
Carter has yet to respond to the allegations.
(Via Melissa Explains It All)