Nick Carter's rape accuser Melissa Schuman files police report
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Former pop singer Melissa Schuman has filed a filed a police report against Nick Carter.
Schuman – who first went public with her allegations against the Backstreet Boys singer in November, claiming that he raped her in 2003 when she was 18 and he was 22 – confirmed to ET that she'd filed a report with the Santa Monica Police Department on Wednesday.
“Filing the police report today was the single most empowering thing I have ever done for myself," Schuman, 33, said. “I thought it was an option I could no longer pursue. A huge thank you to RAINN [the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network] for empowering me to take this step.”
Schuman also took to Twitter on Wednesday where she wrote, “I’m finally doing what I thought I could no longer do. Im filing a police report #timesup.”
— MelissaSchuman (@MelissaSchuman) February 7, 2018
Schuman, a member of the early 2000s girl group Dream, initially came forward with allegations in a post on her personal blog last fall, claiming that Carter raped her in a bathroom after she'd come over to his house.
She says she didn’t tell anyone about the alleged encounter for years for fear of people not believing her, and even sang a duet with Carter before losing interest in a career as a recording artist. Carter denied the allegations made in Schuman’s post, stating that he was “shocked and saddened” by her accusations.