Last November, Melissa Schuman, who was formerly a member of pop group Dream, claimed Carter had raped in 2003 when the pair were working on a made-for-TV movie together.
Carter denied the allegations in a statement. “I am shocked and saddened by Ms. Schuman’s accusations,” it read. “Melissa never expressed to me while we were together or at any time since that anything we did was not consensual… It is contrary to my nature and everything I hold dear to intentionally cause someone discomfort or harm.”
Schuman filed a police report against the pop star in February 2018 and the case was confirmed to be under review by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in August.
Now, the DA’s office has declined to take the case further, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Carter will not be prosecuted because the statute of limitations has passed.
In a statement, Schuman said she and her family had been aware it was unlikely the case would have led to a prosecution because of changes to California’s statute of limitations. “It is unfortunate that the law isn’t fully retroactive to accommodate assaults that have happened in the past, regardless of how far back,” she said.
She continued: “It gives me great solace to know that my testimony is fully documented, investigated and sealed for the future if needed by law enforcement. I gave my statement, as did the other witnesses. Speaking out was the best thing I could have ever done for myself and I hope it inspires others to do the same if it feels right for them.”
Carter has not publicly commented on the news at the time of writing.