As it was previously reported, Nick Carter sparked the ire of the public following the allegations from Melissa Schuman after he allegedly raped her all the way back in 2003. In the middle of the wave of accusations against men in the entertainment industry, Melissa took to her blog to accuse the Backstreet Boy of rape.
However, it looks like the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office won’t be pressing the matter any further. The organization announced their decision not to pursue the case on Tuesday.
In February, Melissa filed an official police report against Nick and the Santa Monica Police Department presented their evidence to the District Attorney last month.
At the time of the assault, Melissa was an up-and-coming pop star, and only 18-years-old. While she was absolutely certain the story was true, Nick Carter vociferously denied the allegations and was backed up by his fellow boy-band members.
— MelissaSchuman (@MelissaSchuman) February 7, 2018
Reportedly, the primary reason why the District Attorney had to drop the charges was due to the statute of limitations. Back in February, Schuman took to Twitter to say she was “finally doing what I thought I could no longer do.”
She thanked the organization, the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, for encouraging her to make the decision. This all couldn’t have come at a worse time for Nick, considering he and the rest of the Backstreet Boys reunited after a long hiatus.
As you may know, the Backstreet Boys were one of the biggest pop groups in the early 2000’s, along with NSYNC, 98 Degrees, and others. The explosion of pop came after the grunge era of the early 1990’s and the late 1980’s.
Other stars to face off against sexual misconduct allegations include Louis CK, Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose, and many others. Interestingly, one of the most vocal supporters of the #MeToo movement, Asia Argento, was also accused of misconduct, albeit, the nature of the charges were different.