Nick Carter has been accused by former teen pop singer Melissa Schuman of rape.
On her personal blog earlier this month, Schuman, now 33, detailed the alleged incident, alleging that Carter raped her when she was 18 and he was 22. Carter, now 37, responded to the allegations in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE Wednesday:
“I am shocked and saddened by Ms. Schuman’s accusations. Melissa never expressed to me while we were together or at any time since that anything we did was not consensual. We went on to record a song and perform together, and I was always respectful and supportive of Melissa both personally and professionally. This is the first that I am hearing about these accusations, nearly two decades later. It is contrary to my nature and everything I hold dear to intentionally cause someone discomfort or harm.”
PEOPLE reached out to Schuman for comment. The singer, then a part of the all-girl teen group Dream, wrote on her blog that Carter invited her over to his house during a day off from a movie they were both starring in and she had brought her roommate with her and claimed the boyband singer brought her into the bathroom where they started kissing.
Then she wrote Carter allegedly started to unbutton her pants and ignored her objections before allegedly performing oral sex on her. Schuman claims he then demanded she perform oral sex on him. Despite allegedly telling Carter that she was a virgin and was waiting until marriage to have sex, Carter allegedly led her to his bedroom where she claims that he raped her writing:
“He threw me on the bed and climbed on top of me. Again, I told him that I was a virgin and I didn’t want to have sex. I told him that I was saving myself for my future husband. I said it over and over again. He whispered in my ear as to entice me, ‘I could be your husband.’ He was relentless, refusing to take my no’s for an answer. He was heavy, too heavy to get out from under him. Then I felt it, he put something inside of me. I asked him what it was and he whispered in my ear once more, ‘it’s all me baby.’”
Schuman wrote Carter attempted multiple times to contact her with no success. After the alleged incident, Schuman said she sang a duet with Carter, before she wrote she “quickly lost interest in pursuing a career as a recording artist” writing:
“I was broken. I was tired. I was traumatized.”
I just want to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support. Thank you for bearing witness to my story. Thank you for providing me a safe place to be open and vulnerable. I love you all. Thank you for aiding me in the healing that I so desperately needed. I am free now.
— MelissaSchuman (@MelissaSchuman) November 21, 2017
Schuman shared her gratitude to those who reached out to her with support on Twitter Monday writing:
“I just want to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support. Thank you for bearing witness to my story. Thank you for providing me a safe place to be open and vulnerable. I love you all. Thank you for aiding me in the healing that I so desperately needed. I am free now.”