Nick Carter of The Backstreet Boys is the latest celebrity to be accused of sexual assault.
Melissa Schuman, formerly of the all-girl teen singing group Dream, made the accusation, the Daily Mail reports.
In a Nov. 2 blog post, Schuman claimed that Carter forced her to perform oral sex on him, then raped her at his Santa Monica apartment in 2002. She was 18 and he was 22 at the time of the alleged assault, she said.
Schuman accepted Carter's invitation to join her at his apartment for a "casual hangout," and she brought a friend along.
They all reportedly took a shot of unspecified alcohol and played video games, after which they went into his office to listen to some new music he was working on.
That's when he allegedly began performing oral sex on her against her will, after which he forced her into a bathroom and made her reciprocate the oral sex, she said.
"He was stronger and much bigger than me, and there was no way I would be able to open that door or have anyone help me. My friend couldn't help me, I didn't even know where she was. So when he placed my hand on his penis my thought was the only way to get out was to get him to finish what he had started," Schuman wrote.
But he wasn't finished yet, she said, alleging that he then took her to a bed and got on top of her. "I told him that I was a virgin and I didn't want to have sex. I told him that I was saving myself for my future husband. I said it over and over again."
But Carter forced her to have intercourse anyway, Schuman said.
In the weeks following the alleged rape, Carter repeatedly called her on the phone, though she did not respond. "Then he finally left me one last nasty, angry message and he never called me again."
But the two crossed paths again when Schuman signed with his manager, Kenneth Crear, whom she said was a very powerful manager and someone she thought could help her make her "mark as a recording artist," Schuman explained.
"Kenneth set up a showcase for me for a major label. We recorded a few songs, one of them was a duet with my abuser," she said. "We never recorded together. He had pre-recorded his part and I went in and recorded mine. Again, what was I supposed to do? I couldn't tell my manager that his best friend had raped me so I won't record this song."
Feeling unable to speak out against Carter, Schuman "quickly lost interest in pursuing a career as a recording artist."
She elaborated in her blog post: "I was broken. I was tired. I was traumatized. I told my therapist. I told my family. I told my friends. I have a plethora of people who can attest that I eventually became open vocal about my experience, I've just never had the platform to come out publicly."
But after the recent sexual assault allegations against famed film producer Harvey Weinstein, her family urged her to come forward about the alleged rape.
After reading an article in which Carter was accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old fan in 2006, she decided to break her silence.
I feel I have an obligation now to come forward with the hope and intention to inspire and encourage other victims to tell their story.
We are stronger in numbers. If you are reading this and you have been assaulted, know you don't have to be silent and you are not alone. I know it's scary. I'm scared.
I believe you. I stand with you and together I hope we can bring light to things that have been lost in the darkness for so long.