Nick Carter's DWTS partner Sharna Burgess jumps to his defense amid claims he sexually assaulted Dream singer Melissa Schuman
Nick Carter has been defended by his Dancing With the Stars partner, Sharna Burgess.
The Backstreet Boys star has been accused of sexual assault by ex-Dream singer Melissa Schuman, 33, who claimed earlier this month that Carter had forced her into having sex with him at his home in 2002.
But the professional dancer has praised the I Want It That Way hitmaker as 'one of the most respectful' people she has worked with on the show.
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Vouching:?Dancing With the Stars' Sharna Burgess, 33, took to Twitter to defend her one-time dance partner?Nick Carter, 37, on Saturday
In videos posted to Twitter, Sharna - who came in second with Nick on the dance contest in 2015 - described the 37-year-old pop star as 'sweet and understanding' and admitted she was impressed by the way he always fessed up to his mistakes.
'What I loved about Nick was that he always took ownership of the things that he’d been through - the darkness in his history, the mistakes that he’d made,' the Australian dance pro, 33, said on the social media site.
She continued: 'He wanted to be very open about them and how he felt about them, even though they were very heavy and hard for him to say out loud, so that he could inspire other people to be better and learn from him.'
The dancer also praised the Burning Up singer for being respectful and down-to-earth when dealing with everyone who worked on the competition.
'This guy would treat craft [services] and the PAs and all the crew and grips, and then the dancers to the producers - everybody was treated the same by Nick,' Burgess said. 'No one got more attention than the other and even in the most stressful of moments, not once did he ever speak to anybody badly, demand anything, become a diva or show anything ugly.'
Stating her case: The Australian dance professional made clear her defense of Carter was not a case of victim shaming?
Character reference:?Burgess hailed Carter as a nice guy who always treated everyone with respect?
Burgess said Carter always showed 'absolute gratitude for being there and having made it that far, and a passion for working hard and trying to do better.'
She said that she feels Nick is a 'good person' - which compelled her to take to social media in his defense.
'This is me saying, "Nick, I adore you. I think you are such a good person from the inside to the out, and I think that that will shine through. I think that the truth always shines through."'
The ballroom star added that she wanted to make it clear she was not 'victim shaming' with her public posts, but sharing her perspective on an individual she's familiar with.
'These are only my thoughts, this is not victim shaming, y’all know me and I would never,' she wrote in a caption on one of the tweets. 'Just because I support Nick, doesn’t mean I don’t support female empowerment or #metoo. They are both movements that I am a part of, here for and proud of.'
Dancing shoes: Burgess and Carter were well-received when they partnered up in the fall of 2015, finishing in second?
Closure:?Melissa Schuman, seen in LA last year, said she forgives Carter and was compelled to open up on past events to empower victims of sex assault to speak up
Schuman previously took to her personal blog to allege that Nick performed oral sex on her without her consent, and then made her perform a reciprocal act, on him before taking her to his bedroom and having sex with her without her consent.
Shortly after her blog post was published, the 'Larger Than Life' singer issued a statement in which he vehemently denied the allegations, and insisted anything that happened between them which was sexual was consensual.
Schuman appeared on The Dr. Oz Show Friday, and delivered a strong message. When asked what she would say to Carter, she said, 'That I forgive you - that I don't want anything from you.
'I wish you only the best. I don't want your money. I didn't do this to hurt you or your family. I did this for me, because I needed this healing.'
Schuman said she 'also came forward because [she wants] to inspire other victims, other people who have been assaulted, to come forward and know that they have a voice.'
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