Brian Littrell is defending his fellow Backstreet Boy Nick Carter against rape accusations, labeling the alleged victim as a “fame seeker.” Melissa Schuman, an original member of the pop group Dream, has accused Carter of raping her in 2002 while she and a friend were hanging out at his Santa Monica apartment.
The Los Angeles County district attorney is reviewing her accusation, but Littrell told TMZ that he and fellow bandmates are sticking by Carter. He also suggested Schuman’s motives may be fame and fortune, not justice or closure.
“Unfortunately, there are fame seekers that are out there. In this situation, [Carter’s] been forthright and honest with us, and we have to stand beside our bandmate. That’s all we can do,” Littrell said.
Carter has faced other sexual assault accusations in the past. But Littrell wanted to focus on raising questions about Carter’s accuser.
“It is what it is, it’s the time in the world we live in, everybody wants to know something or get something on somebody,” he said, before turning the interview into a band plug.
“You know, Backstreet Boys are top 10 on radio right now and back in people’s brains,” he said.
The boy band is promoting its latest single, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” which peaked at No. 19 on the Pop Songs airplay chart, according to Billboard.
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