Backstreet Boy Nick Carter Denies Rape Accusation by Former Girl-Group Singer

“It is contrary to my nature and everything I hold dear to intentionally cause someone discomfort or harm,” Carter says

Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter on Wednesday denied allegations by a former member of the all-girl pop group Dream that he raped her 15 years ago.

In a very detailed blog post on Tuesday, Melissa Schuman said the singer, then 22, raped her in his Santa Monica apartment back in 2002. Schuman said she was 18 and a virgin at the time.

“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,” Carter said in a statement.

“We went on to record a song and perform together, and I was always respectful and supportive of Melissa both personally and professionally,” he added. “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 acknowledged the song in her post, saying it was a “duet with my abuser” and that they never recorded in the studio together. After a live performance at a showcase with Carter, Schuman said she “quickly lost interest” in her budding career as a recording artist.

Schuman said she was compelled to push back against victim shaming — something she said “is a core reason why victims don’t speak out.” She said Carter invited her back to his apartment, where he performed oral sex on her against without consent, before forcing Schuman to perform oral sex on him. Carter, Schuman said, then raped her in his bedroom, despite her pleas she was a virgin and saving herself for marriage. “I could be your husband,” Carter said, according to Schuman.

“He was relentless, refusing to take my no’s for an answer. He was heavy, too heavy to get out from under him,” wrote Schuman. “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.”