The Backstreet Boys singer has spoken out over claims he attacked Melissa Schuman in his home.

In a statement sent to OK! Online he said: “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 time 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.”

Nick Carter‘s statement comes after Melissa claimed Nick “forced her to perform oral sex on him before raping her” in 2002.

The singer, who starred alongside Nick in 2004 movie The Hollow, said she was 18 at the time of the alleged incident and he was 22.

The actress made the allegations on her blog, Melissa Explains It All, and shared the post with her 2, 879 Facebook fans, as well as her 4, 538 Twitter followers.

“I am about to share something that I’ve wanted to pretend never happened since I was 18. A burden I thought I’d have to carry for the rest of my life and suffer in silence,” she wrote.

Melissa claims Nick invited her to his Santa Monica apartment for a “casual hangout” alongside another friend, before Carter asked her to come into his office to listen to some of his new music.

Nick allegedly kissed Melissa before “unbuttoning her pants and performing oral sex on her”. She then claims he asked her to “perform oral sex on him”.