Former teen pop singer Melissa Schuman, who accused Nick Carter of raping her in 2003, has filed a police report in Santa Monica.
On Twitter Wednesday, Schuman said that she was “finally doing what I thought I could no longer do. I’m filing a police report.” And she thanked the anti-sexual assault group RAINN for helping her with the decision.
Schuman accused Carter of assault in a blog post back in November, saying that Carter raped her in 2003 when she was 18 and he was 22.
— MelissaSchuman (@MelissaSchuman) February 7, 2018
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.”
“He was right. I didn’t have the money, the clout or access to an attorney who was powerful enough to stand up against my abuser’s legal counsel,” Schuman said. “I was told I would likely be buried in humiliation, accused of being fame hungry, and it would ultimately hurt me professionally as well as publicly.”
A police spokesman confirmed to TheWrap that a sexual misconduct complaint has been filed against Carter and that an investigation has commenced, though the department declined to publicly identify the alleged victim. Reps for Carter did not immediately respond to requests for comment.