Lance Bass on Being 'Inappropriately' Touched as a Teen: The Guy Was a 'Sad Person'
"He always did the whole thing, like, 'Oh yeah, if I massage your bicep like this, it will look better,' " Bass says of the incident.
Just hours after revealing he was “inappropriately” touched as a teenager, Lance Bass opened up more about the situation on his Sirius XM radio show Dirty Pop.
“When I was 16, 17 … someone we worked with definitely was touching me inappropriately,” Bass, 36, said Wednesday afternoon of the harassment, which occurred while he was a member of ‘NSYNC. “I even knew at 16 and 17 that, you know, this isn’t right. No man should be, like, touching a teenager like this.”
Bass went on to explain that the man would “find ways” to touch and massage him.
“He always did the whole thing, like, ‘Oh yeah, if I massage your bicep like this, it will look better,’ ” he said.
The former pop star made sure to clarify that “no one from ‘NSYNC was molested, that I know of, and so there was nothing more than inappropriate touching.”
Bass declined to reveal the identity of the man who was inappropriate with him but did say that he actually “felt bad” for him.
“I kind of felt for the guy at the time because, one, I was in the closet and obviously this guy, probably, was in the closet,” he said. “I always felt bad. Like, aww this guy is just a sad person.”
And Bass – who married artist Michael Turchin in December – doesn’t have any plans to take any legal action against the man.
“It’s not like a Cosby situation where I felt violated and I, you know, I need justice and it affected me. It just didn’t. But it does other people,” he said. “This is a serious thing, sexual harassment, but I was lucky enough to be smart about it and just be aware.”