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Nick Carter 'shocked,' 'saddened' by singer's assault claim

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Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys performs during the Festival d'ete de Quebec on Sunday, July 9, 2017, in Quebec City, Canada. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP) Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys performs during the Festival d'ete de Quebec on Sunday, July 9, 2017, in Quebec City, Canada. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Nick Carter says he's "shocked and saddened" by accusations made by a singer who said he raped her about 15 years ago.

Melissa Schuman of the girl group Dream wrote in a blog post that she was "forced to engage in an act against my will." She said the Backstreet Boy took her virginity.

But Carter says in a statement Wednesday that "Melissa never expressed to me while we were together or at any time since that anything we did was not consensual."

[Related: Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys accused of sexual assault]

He adds that he "was always respectful and supportive of Melissa both personally and professionally."

Dream was signed to Sean "Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy Records and produced the hit "He Loves U Not."

Schuman and Carter recorded music together after she said he attacked her.

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