“After kissing for a moment, he took my hand and brought me into the bathroom adjacent to his office. He shut the door and we continued to kiss. I asked him what we were doing in there. He didn’t respond and continued to kiss me. He then pick 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.
He didn’t listen.
He didn’t care.
He told me, “don’t worry. I won’t tell anybody.”
Schuman then goes into detail, saying Carter performed oral sex on her, demanded oral sex back, and later took her into his bedroom where he allegedly raped her.
“I told him thats not why I didn’t want to do it. He took off my pants anyway and then proceeded to perform oral sex on me. I told him to stop, but he didn’t. So I turned off the bathroom light so I wouldn’t see anything. He kept turning the light back on because he told me he wanted to look at me. I remember thinking at that point that maybe after this he will just stop, but he didn’t.
Someone in the house knocked on the bathroom door. So he took me into the other bathroom to pick up where he left off. He then took off his pants. I will never forget this moment. There was a bathroom nightlight so although it was dark, it was dimly lit enough for me to see myself in the bathroom mirror. He sat himself on the bathroom counter and asked me to perform oral sex on him. I declined, he was upset. He told me,
“I did it for you and it’s only right you do it for me.”
She goes on to explain how Carter had grown angry and how she felt trapped, knowing she was helpless and had no way to escape somebody much larger and stronger than her.
“I felt scared and trapped,” she wrote. “So when he placed my hand on his penis my thought was the only way to get out was to get him to finish what he had started. That’s where I saw myself, my reflection, watching myself do something that I was sicken by. Watching myself be assaulted, forced to engage in an act against my will.” She goes on to break down how she lost her virginity the night Nick Carter raped her.
Same as before his appetite was still not satisfied and now took me to the bedroom. It was late. The apartment was now dark and all you could hear was the remaining music in the living room. He threw me on the bed and climbed on top of me. Again, I told him that I was a virgin and I didn’t want to have sex. I told him that I was saving myself for my future husband. I said it over and over again. He whispered in my ear as to entice me,
“I could be your husband.”
He was relentless, refusing to take my no’s for an answer. He was heavy, too heavy to get out from under him. Then I felt it, he put something inside of me. I asked him what it was and he whispered in my ear once more,
“it’s all me baby.”
It was done. The one thing I had held as a virtue had been ruined. I went limp, turned my head to my left and decided I would just go to sleep now. I wanted to believe it was some sort of nightmare I was dreaming up.
Schuman took to Twitter to voice her appreciation for everyone who has come out to support her.
I just want to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support. Thank you for bearing witness to my story. Thank you for providing me a safe place to be open and vulnerable. I love you all. Thank you for aiding me in the healing that I so desperately needed. I am free now.
— MelissaSchuman (@MelissaSchuman) November 21, 2017
Many online were stunned by the news.
This one is tough, but I'm more angry than sad ? I've loved Nick Carter and BSB since 3rd grade, and I'm still a huge fan 20 years later, but it turns out Nick is an actual piece of human garbage. Warning it's a graphic read. He didn't just sexually assault her, he RAPED her https://t.co/KoqvGxl2vk
— Bridget Fantaci (@bfantastic_) November 21, 2017
The Backstreet Boys were my first concert. Nick Carter was my favorite backstreet boy. I believe the women that stepped forward unequivocally. I support the brave women that came forward. Nick can rot.
— Amoreena (@lilblondeduck) November 22, 2017
Melissa Schuman's account of @nickcarter raping her is absolutely sickening. It was really brave of her to come forward with it. Fuck #NickCarter and fuck her agent for discouraging her from seeking legal action.
— ash the trash ? (@ashiisms) November 22, 2017
Saw #nickcarter trending, had a feeling it was another assault case. Makes me sad that I was right. But it infuriates me that a majority of the comments are victim shaming.
And people have the audacity to ask why no one comes forward. #stopvictimshaming
— Megan Haas (@MegHaas80) November 22, 2017
the BSB BEEN cancelled anyway.
— ???? ?? (@o0Antonia0o) November 22, 2017
For all of u defending @nickcarter
I don’t care that his music is ruined for me now
I’m furious about all the music @MelissaSchuman could have been making this whole time
I loved Dream!
Your childhood nostalgia < TRUTH#MeToo #NickCarter #Rapist
— Snowflake Kate ❄️ (@katekersten) November 22, 2017
@backstreetboys I’ve been a fan for 19 years. I’ve stood up for you countless times, and now I feel like I’ve have the air kicked out of me. @nickcarter @brian_littrell @skulleeroz @howied @kevinrichardson ??
— ME (@pandabehr72) November 22, 2017
This isn’t the first time Nick Carter has been accused of violent behavior against women. Back in 2004 Paris Hilton— his then girlfriend— had accused him of beating her up, a charge which he denied.