"It was just odd," Bass said of interactions with someone he worked with as a teen

By Jeff Nelson
Updated October 07, 2015 03:30 PM
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Lance Bass is opening up about being sexually harassed when he was a teen.

The news came on Wednesday’s episode of The Meredith Vieira Show, when the daytime hosts were discussing Ashley Judd‘s recent revelation she was sexually harassed by a studio executive.

“It happens to men, too,” Bass, 36, told his fellow panelists, alluding to his boy band days in ‘NSYNC. “It’s a two-way street. It happened to me when I was 16 or 17 years old: When we started there was someone that we worked with that was inappropriately touching us.”

Bass added that he knew, at the time, something felt “odd” but did not name his alleged offender.

“I was even aware then, at 16, that this guy was a pedophile and he was touching me oddly,” Bass said. “But I didn’t feel victimized at the time because I was very aware of it.”

Even so, the star – who married Michael Turchin in December – didn’t really talk about it, aside from with his bandmates.

“With the guys, we would talk about it; we would kind of joke about it. But it’s not a joking thing,” he added. “But as a kid, it was just odd. I’m glad that we were aware of it, and we didn’t feel victimized at the time.”