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After the DREAM singer and actress got here ahead with the allegations towards the Backstreet Boys member in a submit revealed to her web site, the 37-yr-previous pop star claimed in a response that Schuman “by no means expressed” that something they did was not consensual and this was the primary time he has heard the accusations.
“I’m shocked and saddened by Ms. Schuman’s accusations,” he stated in a press release to E! Information. “Melissa by no means expressed to me whereas we have been collectively or at any time since that something we did was not consensual. We went on to document a track and carry out collectively, and I used to be all the time respectful and supportive of Melissa each personally and professionally. That is the primary that I am listening to about these accusations, almost 20 years later. It’s opposite to my nature and the whole lot I maintain pricey to deliberately trigger somebody discomfort or hurt.”
The occasions the allegations stem from date again to the early ’90s when Schuman claims they have been collectively at Carter’s house for a “informal hangout” together with his pal and her pal. Nevertheless, they weren’t solely strangers to one another as Carter had allegedly requested a name together with her after he had proven romantic curiosity. “I used to be clear with my then boyfriend concerning the name and guaranteed him I had no curiosity however wanted to at the very least settle for his name out of respect and courtesy to my label.”
Later single, each starring in the identical TV film and at his condo, Schuman claimed Carter requested if she needed to go to his workplace to take heed to a few of his new music, to which she agreed, they usually quickly began kissing.
Having abided by “spiritual conservative Christian values,” Schuman was a virgin and wrote “everybody knew about this.” Nevertheless, after she claims he took her into a toilet, Schuman stated she did not need to go any additional, however Carter allegedly unbuttoned her pants and carried out oral intercourse. “I informed him to cease, however he did not. So I turned off the toilet mild so I would not see something,” she alleged. “He stored turning the sunshine again on as a result of he advised me he needed to take a look at me. I keep in mind considering at that time that perhaps after this he’ll simply cease, however he did not.”
Inside one other bed room, she claims he raped her after she stated she didn’t need to have intercourse and was saving herself for her future husband.
Schuman wrote she later signed with Carter’s supervisor, who she thought “might assist me make my mark as a recording artist.” She wrote she later recorded a duet with Carter as a part of a “showcase” for a serious label, although they recorded their elements individually. Nevertheless, they noticed one another once more when it got here time to carry out the music on the showcase. As she described, their dialog backstage was terse. “I used to be uninterested, un-partaking, unappreciative and it upset him additional to listen to that I used to be in a relationship that I used to be pleased in,” she wrote.
Regardless of what appeared like preliminary curiosity, Schuman claims the label not needed to signal her and her supervisor sounded tired of engaged on her profession additional.
Schuman stated she ultimately informed household, buddies, her therapist and supervisor concerning the alleged rape. Nevertheless, her supervisor allegedly advised her Carter had “probably the most highly effective litigator within the nation.” “I did not have the cash, the clout or entry to an lawyer who was highly effective sufficient to face up towards my abuser’s authorized counsel. I used to be advised I might possible be buried in humiliation, accused of being fame hungry, and it might finally harm me professionally in addition to publicly,” she defined in her submit.
Schuman was reluctant to relive the ache of the occasion by coming ahead publicly. Nevertheless, after seeing sufferer-shaming feedback on-line this yr, she felt compelled to share her story.
“I really feel I’ve an obligation now to return ahead with the hope and intention to encourage and encourage different victims to inform their story. We’re stronger in numbers,” she wrote. “In case you are studying this and you’ve got been assaulted, know you do not have to be silent and you aren’t alone. I do know it is scary. I am scared.”
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