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'N Sync member Lance Bass says he was "inappropriately touched" when he was in the band.

Image via The Meredith Vieira Show.

Former ‘N Sync member Lance Bass says he was “inappropriately touched” when the band first started in 1995.

The 36 year old appeared on US talk show The Meredith Vieira Show discussing Divergent actress Ashley Judd’s claim that she was sexually harrassed by a studio mogul early on in her career.

“It happens to men too, it’s a two-way street,” Lane explained, before he was asked whether he had even been a victim.

“Yes, it has happened to me when I was 16 years old. When we started there was someone that we worked with that was inappropriately touching us.”

Bass, now a radio host on Sirius Xm, said at the time he knew it wasn’t right.

“I was even aware then at 16 that this guy was a paedophile and he was touching me oddly, but I didn’t feel victimised at the time because I was very aware of it.”

He said that while he had never said anything publicly about it before, the band did discuss it. (Post continues after gallery.)

“With the guys we would talk about it. We would kind of joke about it, but it’s not a joking thing. But as a kid, it was just odd,” he went on.

“I’m glad that we were aware of it and that we didn’t feel victimised by it.”

Bass did not say how long it went on for or confirm how many other members of the band, which included Justin Timberlake, were affected.

Lance Bass (second from left) and his 'N Sync band mates. Image via ABC
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Whether he felt victimised or not is not the point, Bass' allegations reveal a sad situation in which an adult abused their power over children.

People reports that this is not the first time claims of sexual misconduct involving 'N Sync and Backstreet Boys have surfaced, with a 2007 Vanity Fair article including molestation allegations about the bands' former manager Lou Pearlman.

By speaking out, Bass has hopefully encouraged others who have experienced similar situations to speak up and seek the help that they need.

If you've been a victim of child abuse and need assistance, you can contact Child Wise on 1800 991099.

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