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Lance Bass clarifies sexual harassment allegations: “No one from NSYNC was molested that I know of”

Yesterday on “The Meredith Vieira Show," Bass described being “inappropriately” touched back in his boy band days

Anna Silman
October 8, 2015 9:30PM (UTC)

Lance Bass has followed up on remarks he made yesterday on “The Meredith Vieira Show” in which he said he was “inappropriately touched” back in his NSYNC days, and seemed to suggest that his other bandmates might have been victimized as well.

But shortly afterwards on his SiriusXM show, "Dirty Pop with Lance Bass,” Bass clarified that “no one from NSYNC was molested that [he] know[s] of,” adding that “there was nothing more than inappropriate touching.”


“When I was 16, 17, there was someone we worked with that definitely was touching me inappropriately,” Bass explained on “Dirty Pop.” And I even knew it at 16, 17, that this isn’t right. No man should be touching a teenager like this. You know, where they kind of give you massages. He always did the whole thing like, 'If I massage your bicep like this it will look bigger.’ Just basically a reason to touch someone.”

“It’s not like a Cosby situation where I felt violated, and I need justice, and it affected me,” Bass continued. “It just didn’t. But it does other people out there, for sure. It’s a serious thing, you know, sexual harassment.”

While Bass didn’t name the man in question, his remarks are similar to those he has made about former NSYNC and Backstreet Boys manager Lou Pearlman. In 2007, Vanity Fair wrote a lengthy piece detailing a series of molestation accusations against Pearlman, which Pearlman firmly denied.


“He’d always grab our arms and feel our muscles and go: ‘Hey boys, you workin’ out? Yeahhhh!’” Bass told THR about Pearlman last year.

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