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Melissa Schuman is seen in 2001 when she was with Dream; Nick Carter appears in 2017.
Melissa Schuman is seen in 2001 when she was with Dream; Nick Carter appears in 2017. (Arista Records, left; Richard Shotwell / Associated Press, right)

Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys has been accused of rape by Melissa Schuman, a former member of the girl group Dream, who says the singer had oral sex and intercourse with her against her will at his apartment when he was 22 and she was 18. 

Carter, now 37, said in a statement Wednesday that he was “shocked and saddened” by Schuman’s allegation, which he said he was hearing for the first time.

Schuman wrote early in November on her personal blog that she met Carter over the phone via their reps when she was 18 and accepted an offer to hang out with friends at his apartment. Carter provided alcohol, she said. Schuman described a night of Carter leading her from room to room and escalating his sexual behavior — including performing oral sex on her and initiating intercourse — despite what she said were continued refusals to consent.

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It's been nearly seven weeks since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke, releasing a wave of long-hidden sexual misconduct claims and allowing late-night hosts to stoke the fires of their righteous indignation.

After another wave of particularly abhorrent allegations, Seth Meyers used Tuesday night's "A Closer Look" segment on "Late Night" to tee off on veteran newsman Charlie Rose and his ilk.

“Here’s a good rule of thumb,” Meyers said. “If your face isn’t pulling in the babes, your penis isn’t going to make the difference.” 

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Keri Claussen Khalighi, the former model who recently accused Russell Simmons and Brett Ratner of sexual misconduct, appeared on "Megyn Kelly Today" on Wednesday to share what transpired after her experience with the music mogul and director.

 “Russell and I have had a face-to-face about what happened, where there was no dispute about what happened," Khalighi said. "He actually apologized."

In an interview with The Times recently, Khalighi detailed an incident that took place when she was a 17-year-old model in 1991, during which she alleges that Simmons made an aggressive sexual advance toward her while Ratner looked on.

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David Cassidy
David Cassidy (ABC via Getty Images)

Celebrity fans of the late sitcom star David Cassidy mourned the former teen idol's death on Wednesday, along with pieces of their childhood.

"The Partridge Family" star, who stole hearts as quick-witted singer Keith Partridge on the 1970s musical-comedy and embarked on his own successful recording career, died Tuesday evening of liver failure. He was 67.

Actors, musicians and childhood fans commemorated Cassidy with photos and tributes on social media, recalling stories of his kindness, humor and talent.

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Sometimes as an actor you're so deeply immersed in a part that you lose control of it. If you're really lucky, a few times in your life, it'll take you somewhere you never expected to go. It really blows the top off your understanding of your craft. Something emotional happens that just takes you, and it's usually a big idea.

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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend appear at the Oscars in 2016.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend appear at the Oscars in 2016. (Paul Buck / EPA)

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are expecting a second baby. Well, that’s what daughter Luna says. 

Cuddling with her firstborn in an Instagram video announcing her second pregnancy, Teigen asks, “Luna, what’s in here?” The 19-month-old replies, “Be-be.” 

The caption: “it’s john’s!”  

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Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, stars of "The Good Place"
Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, stars of "The Good Place" (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

How’s this for proof of life after death: NBC has renewed “The Good Place” for a third season.

The network has ordered a 13-episode season of the afterlife comedy that stars Ted Danson, Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto and D’Arcy Carden.

The series, another critical favorite from Michael Schur (“Parks and Recreation”), is midway through its sophomore season. Though currently on a winter hiatus, the comedy has proved to be a solid performer in its Thursday slot so far this season. It’s averaging a 2.0 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.2 million viewers overall in “live plus seven day” averages from Nielsen Media Research. 

Vince Gill, left, and Don Henley perform with the Eagles during the Classic West concert at Dodger Stadium in July.
Vince Gill, left, and Don Henley perform with the Eagles during the Classic West concert at Dodger Stadium in July. (Kevin Mazur / Getty Images)

Who can go the distance? 

Apparently the Eagles can. The band, which lost co-founder Glenn Frey in 2016, has announced its initial 2018 tour dates, and they include stadium bills with Jimmy Buffett & His Coral Reefer Band, country-rocker Chris Stapleton and singer-songwriter James Taylor & His All-Star Band.

Founded in 1971, the Eagles have gone through a number of lineup changes over the decades. This year’s model features founding member-drummer Don Henley, longtime guitarist Joe Walsh and bassist Timothy B. Schmit. The band is rounded out by Deacon Frey, who is Glenn’s son, and the chart-busting country singer and guitarist Vince Gill.

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Donald Trump has found a new nemesis, and both Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers are here for it. 

The “Late Show” and “Late Night” hosts each addressed Trump’s latest beef against basketball superdad LaVar Ball on their shows Monday night. Ball is the father of LiAngelo Ball, one of the three UCLA basketball players who were detained in China after being accused of shoplifting. 

Trump, upset that the Ball patriarch dismissed his role in securing the players’ release, spent the weekend raging against LaVar on Twitter. The president even tweeted that Ball’s attitude makes him wish he left the three players — who actually thanked Trump for helping them — in jail in China. 

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Saying they "feel compelled to stand up for Al Franken," 36 women affiliated with "Saturday Night Live" during the now-senator's 20 years on the show have signed a letter countering sexual harassment allegations recently leveled against the Minnesota Democrat.

Signatories included original "SNL" cast members Laraine Newman and Jane Curtin, along with 34 women who worked on the show behind the scenes between 1975 and the present. Franken was a writer and performer on the NBC sketch comedy show primarily from 1975 to 1995.

"What Al did was stupid and foolish, and we think it was appropriate for him to apologize ...," the letter said. However, it continued, "after years of working with him, we would like to acknowledge that not one of us ever experienced any inappropriate behavior; and mention our sincere appreciation that he treated each one of us with the utmost respect and regard."