Former pop starlet Melissa Schuman accuses Backstreet Boy Nick Carter of raping her at 18
Melissa Schuman, an actress and singer best known for the all-girl teen band Dream, claimed Tuesday that pop star Nick Carter raped her in 2002.
In a lengthy post on her personal blog, Schuman, now 33, said she first interacted with the Backstreet Boys singer when their reps suggested they date.
Schuman, who had a boyfriend at the time, said she took the call “out of respect.”
Later, they were shooting the 2004 made-for-TV movie The Hollow when Carter invited Schuman, 18 at the time, and her friend to his Santa Monica apartment for a “casual hangout,” she wrote.
After a few shots, Carter took Schuman into an office, where he played some of his music for her before they started making out, she wrote.
In graphic detail, Schuman said Carter took her into a bathroom and continued to kiss her before lifting her onto the counter and trying to unbutton her pants.
Schuman, then a virgin, says she told him to stop.
“He told me, ‘don’t worry. I won’t tell anybody,’” she wrote.
Carter didn’t listen and instead took off Schuman’s pants and performed oral sex, she claimed.
“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,” she wrote.
“I remember thinking at that point that maybe after this he will just stop, but he didn’t.”
When someone knocked on the bathroom door, Schuman said Carter took her into a different bathroom, then demanded she perform oral sex on him.
When she refused, he said he “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,” she wrote.
“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 sickened by. Watching myself be assaulted, forced to engage in an act against my will.”
The Backstreet Boys singer then took her into the bedroom, at which point Schuman said she reminded him that she was a virgin and was saving herself for her future husband.
“I could be your husband,” Carter allegedly responded.
He then proceeded to rape her, Schuman claimed.
“It was done. The one thing I had held as a virtue had been ruined,” she wrote.
“I went limp, turned my head to my left and decided I would just go to sleep now. I wanted to believe it was some sort of nightmare I was dreaming up.”
Schuman claimed Carter kept calling her for weeks after. When she never picked up, he eventually stopped calling.