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Nick Carter will not be charged with rape.

In a blog post, the Dream singer Melissa Schuman claims the Backstreet Boys singer sexually assaulted her back in 2003.

According to Melissa, Nick forced her into a bathroom and performed oral sex on her – then made her return the deed. She also said Nick took her to a bedroom and raped her.

Nick, on the other hand, claims the encounter was consensual. He responded to the allegations saying:

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.

Despite filing a police report in February, the case exceeds California’s 10-year statute of limitations so Nick will not be charged.

Melissa released the following statement:

My family and I were well aware of the likelihood that my case was not prosecutable due to the statute of limitations in California regarding rape which was modified in 2016. It is unfortunate that the law isn’t fully retroactive to accommodate assaults that have happened in the past, regardless of how far back.

It gives me great solace to know that my testimony is fully documented, investigated and sealed for the future if needed by law enforcement. I gave my statement, as did the other witnesses. Speaking out was the best thing I could have ever done for myself and I hope it inspires others to do the same if it feels right for them.

I certainly hope Nick did not assault Melissa and slipped through the cracks of the justice system due to the statue of limitations.

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