The Harvey Weinstein effect has defined the latter half of 2017 for the entertainment industry. Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter is the latest celebrity name to have been added to the growing list of men accused of sexual misconduct since September.

In a lengthy blogpost, Melissa Schuman, an actress and singer, detailed an occasion fifteen years ago where Carter allegedly sexually assaulted and raped her. In the blogpost titled, Don't worry, I won't tell anybody, Schuman refers to Carter as her "abuser," explaining that the two met when they were both cast in the same TV movie. Carter later invited her and her roommate back to his apartment in Santa Monica where he pulled Schuman aside to his office to listen to new music he was working on.  "... He turned off the light and we sat there in the computer light listening to his new stuff. And naturally we started to kiss," Schuman writes, before detailing a violent and graphic ordeal.

"He then pick[ed] me up, put me on the bathroom counter and started to unbutton my pants. I told him I didn't want to go any further. He didn't listen. He didn't care," she writes. "He took off my pants anyway and then proceeded to perform oral sex on me. I told him to stop, but he didn't. So I turned off the bathroom light so I wouldn't see anything."

Schuman was then allegedly asked to perform oral sex on Carter, to which she declined and he grew frustrated. "He was visually and clearly growing very angry and impatient with me. I couldn't leave. It was evident to me, that [I] couldn't leave. 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," Schuman explains. Carter then took her to the bedroom, where he "threw" Schuman on the bed and penetrated her.

Schuman ends the blogpost stating that she felt an obligation to come out in wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations and the dissapointing victim shaming that has occurred as a result. "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."

Carter has since responded to Schuman's allegations. In a statement to Vanity Fair he wrote: "I am shocked and saddened by Ms. Schuman's accusations. Melissa never expressed to me while we were together or at any time since that anything we did was not consensual. We went on to record a song and perform together, and I was always respectful and supportive of Melissa both personally and professionally. 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."

Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter has responded to sexual assault allegation