Nick Carter Sued for Sexual Assault by Dream’s Melissa Schuman

Nick Carter and Melissa Schuman
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Nick Carter is being sued for sexual assault and battery by Melissa Schuman, a former member of the lady group Dream.

The lawsuit, obtained by Us Weekly on Wednesday, April 12, alleges that the Backstreet Boys member, now 43, raped Schuman, now 38, when she was 18 and he was 22. The New York native allegedly carried out oral intercourse on her and made “He Loves U Not” singer do the identical regardless of her protests earlier than forcing her to have intercourse, the docs declare. {The teenager} was a virgin on the time and instructed Carter that she was saving herself for marriage.

Schuman first made these allegations on her weblog in 2017 and filed a police report the next yr. The lawsuit is now being filed after a latest invoice amended the statute of limitations for civil actions.

Carter’s lawyer, Liane Ok. Wakayama, denied Schuman’s accusations in an announcement to Us on Wednesday: “Melissa Schuman has been peddling this story for a few years, however her allegation was false when she first made it again in 2017 —and it nonetheless is. A decide in Nevada lately dominated, after reviewing the intensive proof we laid out, that there are robust grounds for Nick Carter to proceed along with his lawsuit in opposition to Ms. Schuman for plotting to wreck, defame and extort Nick, his associates, his buddies and his household.”

Wakayama continued: “In mild of our progress in Nevada, this type of response is without delay each predictable and pathetic. However this PR stunt received’t shake Nick from his willpower to carry Ms. Schuman and her co-conspirators to account for the immeasurable ache and struggling their extortionate conduct has prompted.”

Amid the go well with making headlines, the “I Need It That Manner” performer shared a household photograph by way of Twitter with the Easter Bunny. He and spouse Lauren Kitt, who married in 2014, smiled with their kids: son Odin, 6, in addition to daughters Saoirse, 3, and Pearl, 11 months.

In her 2017 weblog submit, the California native alleged that she and a good friend went to the Backstreet Boys singer’s condo after he invited them throughout a time off from filming the 2004 TV film The Hole. Schuman claimed that the “Form of My Coronary heart” crooner introduced her into a toilet they usually kissed. He then allegedly compelled himself on her.

“My thought was the one option to get out was to get him to complete what he had began,” the “This Is Me” singer wrote on the time. “That’s the place I noticed myself, my reflection, watching myself do one thing that I used to be sickened by. Watching myself be assaulted, compelled to interact in an act in opposition to my will.” Shuman shared that she thought-about urgent prices in opposition to Carter, however was instructed she “would seemingly be buried in humiliation, accused of being fame hungry, and it will finally harm me professionally in addition to publicly.”

That is the second lawsuit filed in opposition to carter for sexual assault within the final six months. Shannon Ruth sued him in December 2022 for sexual battery and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional misery.

Ruth — who’s on the autism spectrum and has cerebral palsy — claimed that Carter uncovered himself to her after a Tacoma, Washington, live performance in 2001. The Dancing With the Stars alum allegedly invited the then-17-year-old to affix him on his tour bus whereas she was ready in line for an autograph after which compelled her to carry out oral intercourse on him “beneath duress.” Like Schuman, Ruth famous in her go well with that she was a virgin previous to the alleged rape.

The boy bander denied the allegations. “Sadly, for a number of years now, Ms. Ruth has been manipulated into making false allegations about Nick – and people allegations have modified repeatedly and materially over time,” his consultant mentioned a the time. “Nobody ought to be fooled by a press stunt orchestrated by an opportunistic lawyer – there’s nothing to this declare in any respect, which we have now little question the courts will rapidly notice.”

ABC subsequently pulled the Backstreet Boys’ Christmas particular, which had already been filmed, and the group’s iHeartRadio Jingle Ball efficiency was not televised following Ruth’s accusations.

In a countersuit in opposition to each girls plus Schuman’s father, Jerome Schuman, and an nameless Twitter deal with filed in February, Carter’s authorized workforce claims that Melissa and her dad concocted a scheme to affect Ruth and others to make allegations in opposition to the Masked Singer alum. Carter claims he has no reminiscence of Shannon and isn’t certain they ever met. The docs additionally allege that Schuman and Carter had consensual intercourse. He’s suing each girls for emotional misery damages, punitive damages and different aid totaling $2.35 million.

In the event you or anybody you realize has been sexually abused, name the Nationwide Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). A educated workers member will present confidential, judgment-free assist in addition to native assets to help in therapeutic, recovering and extra.