Former teen pop star Melissa Schuman accuses Nick Carter of rape

Melissa Schuman, an actress and singer best known for the all-girl teen band Dream, claimed Tuesday that Nick Carter raped her in 2002.

In a lengthy post on her personal blog, Schuman, now 39, said she first interacted with the Backstreet Boys singer when their reps suggested they date.

Schuman, who had a boyfriend at the time, said she took the call “out of respect.”

A few years later, they were shooting the made-for-TV movie “The Hollow” — the flick didn’t come out until 2004.

Carter invited Schuman, who was 18 at the time, and her friend back to his Santa Monica apartment for drinks and video games, a “casual hangout,” she wrote.

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After a few shots, Carter took Schuman into an office, where he played some of his music for her before they started making out, she wrote.

In graphic detail, Schuman described Carter’s alleged attack, during which he took her into a bathroom and continued to kiss her before lifting her onto the counter and trying to unbutton her pants.

Schuman, then a virgin, says she told him to stop.

“He told me, ‘don’t worry. I won’t tell anybody,’” she wrote.

Carter didn’t listen and instead took off Schuman’s pants and performed oral sex, she claimed.

“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,” she wrote.

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Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
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MIAMI BEACH, FL - APRIL 1997:The Backstreet Boys (L - R) Kevin Richardson, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Nick Carter pose for an April 1997 portrait in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Bob Berg/Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - APRIL 1997:Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys poses for an April 1997 portrait in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Bob Berg/Getty Images)
(clockwise fr. top L) Singers Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter and A. J. MccLean of musical group Backstreet Boys. (Photo by Mirek Towski/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 26: Pop group Backstreet Boys: Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, A.J. McLean, Nick Carter and Kevin Richardson attend the 25th Annual American Music Awards on January 26, 1998 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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Aaron Carter & Nick Carter (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
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LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 8: Pop group Backstreet Boys: Brian Littrell, Kevin Richardson, A.J. McLean, Howie Dorough and Nick Carter attend the 28th Annual American Music Awards on January 8, 2001 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Backstreet Boy Nick Carter gets ready to put a pie in the face of brother, and award winner for Favorite Rising Star, Aaron Carter at the Nickelodeon's 14th Annual Kids' Choice Awards at Barker Hanger in Los Angeles, CA., Saturday, April 21, 2001.(photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Backstreet Boy Nick Carter puts a pie in the face of brother, and award winner for Favorite Rising Star, Aaron Carter at the Nickelodeon's 14th Annual Kids' Choice Awards at Barker Hanger in Los Angeles, CA., Saturday, April 21, 2001.(photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 24: (L-R) Competition judge Bruno Tonioli, dancer/competition judge Carrie Ann Inaba and singer/competition judge Nick Carter attend 'Dancing with the Stars' Season 24 at CBS Televison City on April 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
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“I remember thinking at that point that maybe after this he will just stop, but he didn’t.”

When someone knocked on the bathroom door, Schuman said Carter took her into a different bathroom, then demanded she perform oral sex on him.

When she refused, he said he “did it for you and it’s only right you do it for me.”

“I felt scared and trapped. He was visually and clearly growing very angry and impatient with me. I couldn’t leave. It was evident to me, that i couldn’t leave. He was stronger and much bigger than me, and there was no way I would be able to open that door or have anyone help me,” 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.”

The Backstreet Boys singer then took her into the bedroom, at which point Schuman said she reminded him that she was a virgin and was saving herself for her future husband.

“I could be your husband,” Carter allegedly responded.

He then proceeded to rape her, Schuman claimed.

“It was done. The one thing I had held as a virtue had been ruined,” she wrote.

“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 claimed Carter kept calling her for weeks after. When she never picked up, he eventually stopped calling.

Later, when she signed with his manager and friend, Kenneth Crear, Schuman said she recorded a few songs as a showcase for a major label, including a duet with Carter.

Schuman said the label head called the duet “amazing” and suggested it for a movie soundtrack, but Crear eventually came back and told her that the exec “isn’t interested in signing you.”

“I never did another showcase again after that and I quickly lost interest in pursuing a career as a recording artist,” she wrote.

“I was broken. I was tired. I was traumatized.”

Schuman said she told multiple people over the years, including friends and a therapist, but said she didn’t want to be known as a victim.

Her former manager, Nils Larsen, urged her not to press charges because Carter had “the most powerful litigator in the country.”

“I never wanted anybody to know about my story. I wanted to lock it in a box in my mind and let the memories slowly suffocate as time went on,” she wrote.

“I feel I have an obligation now to come forward with the hope and intention to inspire and encourage other victims to tell their story. We are stronger in numbers. If you are reading this and you have been assaulted, know you don’t have to be silent and you are not alone. I know it’s scary. I’m scared.”

A rep for Carter did not immediately return a request for comment.

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