CMA Awards 2018
Nick Carter's 'DWTS' Partner Sharna Burgess Supports Him Amid Rape Allegations: 'The Truth Always Shines Through'
Nick Carter's Dancing With the Stars partner Sharna Burgess took to Twitter to "share a little bit of love and positivity" for the Backstreet Boy after former Dream singer Melissa Schuman accused him of rape.
Schuman shared a story on her blog last month detailing a night in the early 2000s, in which she alleged that Carter, then 22, made unwanted sexual advances and had nonconsensual sex with her during a hangout at his house when she was 18. Carter issued a statement to Billboard regarding the accusations, noting that he's "shocked and saddened" by Schuman's claims and that she never expressed that their interactions were not consensual.
After an article on a fan site cited Schuman's social media actions as reasoning for why her claims are hard to believe, Burgess tweeted about the post and suggested people "know your facts before stating your opinion." As she promised in that tweet, Burgess shared a pair of videos offering support for Carter.
"Nick was definitely one of the most respectful guys that I have ever danced with on the show," she said in the videos, posted Sunday. "So understanding of all the different levels of relationship that we have with our partners on the show. From day one he was just incredibly sweet and understanding of what it was that we had to do. He was very accepting of me bossing him around every day -- I can be bossy, some of you know that."
She added that Carter treated everyone on set from PAs to crew members similarly and with great respect: “No one got more attention than the other and even in the most stressful of moments, not once did he ever speak to anybody badly, demand anything, become a diva or show anything ugly. [He showed] absolute gratitude for being there and having made it that far, and a passion for working hard and trying to do better.”
Part 1. These are only my thoughts, this is not victim shaming, y’all know me and I would never. Just because I support Nick, doesn’t mean I don’t support female empowerment or #metoo. They are both movements that I am a part of, here for and proud of. pic.twitter.com/J8Gz7dczhv— Sharna Burgess (@SharnaBurgess) December 3, 2017
Part 2. Nothin but love. -- pic.twitter.com/AFiiKijclI— Sharna Burgess (@SharnaBurgess) December 3, 2017
What's more, Burgess expressed that Carter was always one to take ownership of what he's been through and the mistakes he's made. “He wanted to be very open about them and how he felt about them, even though they were very heavy and hard for him to even say out loud, so that he could inspire other people to be better and not make the same mistakes and essentially learn from him.”
Burgess made sure to note that her video was in no way meant to victim-shame Schuman, as she doesn't have any facts on the situation herself. She simply wanted to tell Carter that the man she got to know on DWTS is an admirable one.
"Nick, I adore you," she said as she closed out the video. "I think you are such a good person from the inside to the out, and I think that that will shine through. I think that the truth always shines through.”