WARNING: The following contains graphic descriptions of sexual assault that may be distressing for some readers.
The Harvey Weinstein scandal has inspired dozens of people – men and women – to come forward with allegations of rampant sexual assault and harassment occurring behind closed doors in Hollywood.
Today, Melissa Schuman, member of the early 2000s girlband DREAM, has joined them by airing claims she was raped and sexually assaulted by Backstreet Boy singer Nick Carter.
In a post on her blog, the 33-year-old details an encounter in 2002 at Carter’s Santa Monica apartment during which she alleges he performed oral sex on her without her consent, forced her to masturbate him and then raped her.
It was an event, Schuman wrote, that left her “broken”, “tired” and “traumatised” for years afterwards.
“[It’s] something that I’ve wanted to pretend never happened since I was 18,” she wrote. “A burden I thought I’d have to carry for the rest of my life and suffer in silence.”
Instead, she’s been inspired to say “#metoo“.
In her account of alleged assault, Schuman claims she accepted Carter’s invitation to his apartment, and attended with a friend. After drinking together, she claims Carter led her into the bathroom where they began kissing.
“He then pick [sic] me up, put me on the bathroom counter and started to unbutton my pants. I told him I didn’t want to go any further,” Shuman wrote.
“He didn’t listen. He didn’t care. He told me, ‘Don’t worry. I won’t tell anybody.'”