Backstreet Boys member accused of rape
NEW YORK — The Latest on sexual harassment allegations against celebrities and media (all times local):
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.
The morning show where Charlie Rose worked until being fired Tuesday is reporting that two women at CBS News claim that Rose grabbed them inappropriately, with one saying he also whispered a sexual innuendo.
The accusations came to light after CBS News President David Rhodes fired Rhodes on Tuesday for what he called “extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior” by Rose toward women at his PBS talk show. PBS has also cut ties to Rose.
“CBS This Morning” said three women at CBS have reported misconduct by Rose. The network said one didn’t want details of her accusations made public, and all three requested anonymity. Rose has apologized for his actions.
Rose’s former co-host Gayle King said Wednesday that it’s important to keep reporting on the story.
Veteran news host Charlie Rose’s firing at CBS makes him the latest in a string of prominent journalists felled abruptly by accusations of sexual misconduct.
News organizations aren’t the only companies taking prompt measures against the accused. But they face particular pressure to act because of the risk of losing the audience’s trust as they cover the sex scandals coursing through politics, Hollywood and the media itself.
CBS News president David Rhodes said Tuesday that the network’s credibility in its reporting requires credibility in the way it deals with misbehavior inside the network.