Rape allegation against Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter now under review by Los Angeles County prosecutors
The complaint against Carter was made by actress Melissa Schuman close to seven months ago, and the case is now finally under review.
A rape allegation made against Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter by actress Melissa Schuman is now reportedly under review by the Los Angeles County District Attorney. Schuman, best known for her role in all-girl teen band Dream, came forward with the accusation last November, claiming that she was raped by Carter almost two decades ago, when she was just 18 years old. According to New York Daily News, the Santa Monica Police Department submitted the case for possible charges on July 31. Department spokesman Greg Risling said that the case was now being reviewed by the Hollywood sex assault task force that was set up by District Attorney Jackie Lacey in the wake of last October's Harvey Weinstein scandal.
Schuman, like millions of other women, opened up about their own sexual assault experiences during the #MeToo movement that swept across the world. She detailed her experience with the singer in a lengthy blog post, insisting she only came out so many years later because she was told doing so would mean being " buried in humiliation, accused of being fame-hungry," and because "it would ultimately hurt me professionally as well as publicly."
The rape reportedly took place at his Santa Monica apartment on an off-day when the both of them were working together in the same made for TV movie. She admits that they began kissing but that before she knew it, he had picked her up, put her on the bathroom counter and began to unbutton her pants. " I didn’t want to go any further," she wrote. "He didn’t listen. He didn't care."
"He took off my pants anyway and then proceeded to perform oral sex on me. 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. I remember thinking at that point that maybe after this he will just stop, but he didn’t," she continued.
She also claims he then forced her to perform oral sex on him, telling her, "I did it for you and it’s only right you do it for me," and that she felt compelled to give in because she 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," she wrote.
Schuman details the assault in graphic detail, describing how after oral sex, he took her to his bedroom and raped her further. " He threw me on the bed and climbed on top of me," she wrote. "He was relentless, refusing to take my nos for an answer. He was heavy, too heavy to get out from under him."
In response to the allegations, Carter released a statement that read, "I am shocked and saddened by Ms. Schuman’s accusations. 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," countering that the encounter was entirely consensual.
After the post, Schuman had reported the incident to the Santa Monica Police, with this latest development close to seven months later.