The Hollywood industry has been the center of a number of sex scandals in recent days. After news broke about infamous Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, several other names in the industry have faced sexual misconduct and rape accusations.
Since Weinstein’s fallout, “Gossip Girl” star Ed Westwick, award-winning actor Ben Affleck, “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey and others have been accused of some form of sexual misconduct. On Tuesday, November 21st, 1990s boy band heartthrob Nick Carter was also accused of rape by former girl band “Dream” singer Melissa Schuman.
Carter was best-known for being a member of the “Backstreet Boys.” The singer now hosts the hit talent show “Boy Band,” which is a competition held to group together a talented boy band based off of their singing, dancing, and other show skills.
In a graphic blog post, Schuman claimed that Carter took her virginity against her will in 2002 at a house party when she was 18 years old and he was 22. They reportedly knew each other from working together in music and were encouraged to date for publicity reasons.
TMZ reported that Carter denied this allegation.
Carter stated, "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.”
He continued, "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.”
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