Nick Carter Rape Accuser Melissa Schuman Explains Why She Came Forward: 'I Needed This Healing'
During a sneak peek of Friday’s episode of The Dr. Oz Show, when asked if she had a message for Carter, Schuman replied, “I forgive you.”
“I don’t want anything from you. I wish you only the best,” she continued. “I don’t want your money. I didn’t do this to hurt you or your family. I did this for me because I needed this healing and I also came forward because I want to inspire…other people who have been assaulted to come forward and know that they have a voice.”
Earlier in November, Schuman, now 33, detailed the alleged incident on her personal blog, claiming that Carter had raped her in the early 2000s when she was 18 and he was 22.
The singer, then a part of the all-girl teen group Dream, wrote that Carter had invited her over to his house during a day off from a movie they were both starring in.
Schuman wrote she had brought her roommate with her and claimed the boyband singer took her into the bathroom and they started kissing. It was then, she wrote, that Carter allegedly began to unbutton her pants and ignored her objections before allegedly performing oral sex on her. Schuman claimed he then demanded she perform oral sex on him.
Despite allegedly telling Carter that she was a virgin and waiting until marriage to have sex, Carter allegedly led her to his bedroom where she claims that he raped her.
In a statement to PEOPLE, Carter denied the allegations, saying Schuman “never expressed to me while we were together or at any time since that anything we did was not consensual.”
“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,” he added.
During her appearance on Dr. Oz, Schuman revealed why she didn’t move forward with pressing charges 15 years ago after the alleged incident first occurred.
“I’d actually confided in my manager at that time about pressing charges. And I was told that [Carter] had the most powerful litigator in the country and that I didn’t have the money to pay for an attorney to essentially defend me, if he were to come after me,” she said.
“My manager told me, ‘You know you’re trying to build a name for yourself right now, everyone’s going to call you fame hungry, that you’re trying to use this to better yourself or get your name out there and at this point there’s nothing we can do,’” she continued. “I remember telling him, ‘Oh, so that’s it… he just gets away with it?!’”
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Schuman’s appearance on The Dr. Oz Show will air in full on Friday.