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Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter faces sexual assault allegation

Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter faces sexual assault allegation
From CBC - November 22, 2017

Nick Carter says he's "shocked and saddened" by allegations made by a singer who said he raped her about 15 years ago.

Melissa Schuman of the girl group Dream wrote in a blog post earlier this month that she was "forced to engage in an act against my will." She said the Backstreet Boy took her virginity when she was 18 and he was 22.

"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 released Wednesday.

"We went on to record a song and perform together, and I was always respectful and supportive of Melissa both personally and professionally."

Dream was signed to Sean "Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy Records in the earlier 2000s and produced the hit He Loves U Not.

Schuman wrote that Carter invited her to his apartment and alleges that he assaulted her against her will. She said she "felt scared and trapped. He was visually and clearly growing very angry and impatient with me. I could not leave."

She said she tried to speak up after the incident, but that she did not "have the money, the clout or access to an attorney who was powerful enough to stand up against my abuser's legal counsel."

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