In the fall, at the height of the #MeToo movement, Melissa Schuman wrote a blog post accusing former Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter of raping her in 2002. In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, she opened up about how life has been anything but easy since the accusation.
The girl group Dream member said that Carter assaulted her in the bathroom of his Santa Monica apartment when she was 18 and still a virgin. She claims he started kissing her, refused her rejection as she couldn't push him off her. At the time, Schuman didn’t press charges. “I didn’t have the money, the clout or access to an attorney who was powerful enough to stand up against my abuser’s legal counsel," she wrote on her blog. "I was told I would likely be buried in humiliation, accused of being fame hungry, and it would ultimately hurt me professionally as well as publicly.”