Lance Bass says a 'pedophile' touched him while he was in 'N Sync

Lance Bass Was Sexually Harassed During 'N Sync Days
Lance Bass Was Sexually Harassed During 'N Sync Days

While discussing Ashley Judd's confession of the sexual harassment she's endured in Hollywood, Lance Bass shared his own experiences on The Meredith Vieira Show. Bass shared a series of incidents that occurred while he was in 'N Sync, saying, "When I was 16, 17 years old, and you know when we started, there was someone that we worked with that was inappropriately touching us." Bass referred to the man as a "pedophile," but also said he "never felt victimized" and said he was able to joke about it with the other members of 'N Sync. Bass concluded that sexual harassment isn't a "joking thing," but he's glad that he and the other band members were aware and didn't feel victimized.

Bass did not name the man; however, in earlier interviews, he has gone on record about alleged sexual harassment from then-manager Lou Pearlman during his 'N Sync days. He also told The Hollywood Reporter last year, "I'd hear rumors that [Pearlman] would molest the boys before they would even get into the groups. I don't know how much of that is true, but to me, where there's smoke, there's fire." Bass also said, "He'd always grab our arms and feel our muscles and go: 'Hey boys, you workin' out? Yeahhhh!'" He told THR, "It didn't really bother me," as he was sympathetic to a person he assumed was also closeted. "I knew then that I was gay, so I kind of related to him in a way."

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