Sexual assault charges on Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter dropped
Actor and singer Melissa Schuman had claimed that Nick Carter had raped her in 2003. She had alleged that Nick had taken her forcefully into a bathroom and performed oral sex
Sexual assault charges against Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter have been dropped by the LA County District Attorney's Office on the basis of the statute of limitations for the case. Actor and singer Melissa Schuman had claimed that Carter had raped her in 2003. The statute of limitations for the alleged attack expired in 2013, law enforcement sources told TMZ.
Schuman alleged that in the incident that occurred in February 2003, Nick had taken her forcefully into a bathroom and performed oral sex on her. She also alleged that he made her respond as well. He then allegedly forced her into a bedroom and raped her.
In her recent statement, expressing her disappointment, she said, "My family and I were well aware of the likelihood that my case was not prosecutable due to the statute of limitations in California regarding rape which was modified in 2016."
She added: "It is unfortunate that the law isn’t fully retroactive to accommodate assaults that have happened in the past, regardless of how far back. It gives me great solace to know that my testimony is fully documented, investigated and sealed for the future if needed by law enforcement. I gave my statement, as did the other witnesses. Speaking out was the best thing I could have ever done for myself and I hope it inspires others to do the same if it feels right for them."
Meanwhile, Carter had denied the allegations in 2017 when the news first broke out saying that it was consensual.
He said, "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. We went on to record a song and perform together, and I was always respectful and supportive of Melissa both personally and professionally."
After the charges were dropped, Carter's lawyer Michael Holt told TMZ that Nick was always confident that the allegations were baseless. "Nick Carter was vindicated today when the LA County District Attorney’s Office rejected the charges against him. Nick has denied these allegations ever since he first learned of them last year, and was confident the District Attorney would conclude that there was no basis to pursue charges against him. He is happy to put this matter behind him."