Last November, Carter was accused by Schuman, formerly of the girl group Dream, of raping her at his apartment in 2002. Carter responded by describing himself as “shocked and saddened” and claiming that he thought their sexual encounter had been “consensual”.
Schuman has now stated that she filed a report with the Santa Monica Police Department on Wednesday (February 7).
“Filing the police report today was the single most empowering thing I have ever done for myself,” Schuman told ET. “I thought it was an option I could no longer pursue. A huge thank you to RAINN [the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network] for empowering me to take this step.”
— MelissaSchuman (@MelissaSchuman) February 7, 2018
Writing in a blog post late last year, Schuman alleged that the encounter occurred when Carter invited her back to his Santa Monica apartment while the two were working together on a made-for-TV movie.
Writing that Carter “was aware that I was a virgin and that I held to religious conservative christian values”, Schuman says that Carter led her to a bathroom, where he then performed oral sex on her.
“I told him I didn’t want to go any further,” Schuman wrote. “He didn’t listen. He didn’t care. He told me: ‘Don’t worry. I won’t tell anybody.'”
Carter later issued a statement, denying Schuman’s account and saying: “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.”