Nick Carter Sexual Assault Case Declined by Los Angeles DA

Prosecutors cite the statute of limitations in declining the case

Last Updated: September 11, 2018 @ 11:48 AM

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office has declined to pursue a sexual assault case against singer Nick Carter.

According to paperwork from the D.A.’s office, Carter was accused of sexually assaulting a woman, then 18, in 2003.

However, the case has been declined because the statute of limitations expired in 2013.

“Therefore, an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the evidence is not warranted,” the paperwork states.

The district attorney’s office declined to name the alleged victim in the case, which originated in the Santa Monica Police Department and was presented to the D.A. on July 31. However, prosecutors announced that the case was under review after former teen pop singer Melissa Schuman tweeted that she had filed a police report.

“I’m finally doing what I thought I could no longer do. Im filing a police report,” Schuman tweeted in February.

Schuman accused Carter of assault in a blog post in November 2017, saying that Carter raped her in 2003 when she was 18 and he was 22.

Schuman said in the post that she considered coming out against Carter shortly after the alleged incident, but remained silent after her manager told her Carter had “the most powerful litigator in the country.”

In a statement after Schuman made her accusations, Carter denied assaulting her, saying he was “shocked and saddened” by the accusations.

“I am shocked and saddened by Ms. Schuman’s accusations,” the singer said. “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.”