Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter will not face criminal charges stemming from a rape allegation, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
A woman came forward in February to accuse the pop singer of sexually assaulting her in 2003, and police in Santa Monica, California, subsequently presented their findings to the district attorney in August, THR reported Tuesday.
While neither police nor most media typically identify the names of alleged victims of sexual assault, singer Melissa Schuman subsequently came forward to says she was the victim in question, THR reported.
Ms. Schuman came out with a statement Tuesday saying she found it “unfortunate that the law isn’t fully retroactive to accommodate assaults that have happened in the past, regardless of how far back,” according to THR.
In an August interview with Newsweek, Ms. Schuman alleged that Mr. Carter effectively sabotaged her singing career as retribution for her coming forward and suggested that Mr. Carter has victimized other women who have yet to come forward with their stories.
“I think the people who have contacted me and who have shared their story with me, I feel empowered to speak for them,” Ms. Schuman told The Daily Beast at the time. “They have a right to not say anything. I think that a way that the media has done a disservice, is there’s this sort of pressure to make all of these people come forward, because there needs to be 60 of us. And that’s not necessarily healthy.”
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