New York - Nick Carter says he's "shocked and saddened" by accusations made by a singer who said he raped her about 15 years ago.
Melissa Schuman of the girl group Dream wrote in a blog post that she was "forced to engage in an act against my will." She said the Backstreet Boy took her virginity.
But Carter says in a statement Wednesday that "Melissa never expressed to me while we were together or at any time since that anything we did was not consensual."
He adds that he "was always respectful and supportive of Melissa both personally and professionally."
Dream was signed to Sean "Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy Records and produced the hit He Loves U Not.
Schuman and Carter recorded music together after she said he attacked her.
Schuman tweeted on Tuesday: "I just want to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support. Thank you for bearing witness to my story."
READ THE TWEET HERE:
I just want to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support. Thank you for bearing witness to my story. Thank you for providing me a safe place to be open and vulnerable. I love you all. Thank you for aiding me in the healing that I so desperately needed. I am free now.— MelissaSchuman (@MelissaSchuman) November 21, 2017