Former *NSYNC member and Clizbeats featured artist Lance Bass dropped a bomb on music fans this week while co-hosting The Meredith Vieira Show. In a conversation discussing the recently revealed sexual harassment that actress, Ashley Judd experienced while filming the 1997 movie Kiss The Girls, Lance discussed how he could relate to her experience, because he too was sexually harassed. He then went on to explain that the harassment that he was referring came from an unnamed person who worked closely with *NSYNC during their early years.
“When I was 16, 17 years old, when we started, there was someone that we worked with that was inappropriately touching us,” Bass said. “And I was even aware then, at 16, that this guy was a pedophile and he was touching me oddly.”
Lance Bass Talks About Being “Inappropriately Touched” In The Early Days Of *NSYNC
From The Meredith Vieira Show
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After every one of his bands evntually turned against him after they were all taken advantage of, some rumors of inappropriate sexual conduct began to circulate. However at that time both the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC were superstars and had separated themselves professionally from Pearlman It was the early days of the internet’s role of pop culture and the conversation about Lou’s alleged pedophilia was quickly forgotten.
However these allegations resurfaced in 2009 when the Rich Cronin, the lead singer/rapper from LFO gave a detailed interview with Howard Stern. In that conversation that ended up being Rich Cronin’s final interview before his untimely death in 2010 has become famous for the detail Rich provided about Lou’s inappropriate relationships with his boy bands.
Rich Cronin On The Howard Stern Show In 2009
A recently published TMZ article also backed up these details. Lance Bass was quoted in saying the following.
“He’d always grab our arms and feel our muscles and go: ‘Hey boys, you workin’ out? Yeahhhh!’
Now that Lou Pearlman is serving 25 years in prison, the Backstreet Boys returned to his now repossessed Orlando home in their 2014 documentary film, Backstreet Boys: Show’em What You’re Made Of. Lance Bass of *NSYNC also talked exclusively to Clizbeats.com in 2014 about the group’s shattered business relationship with Pearlman.
Lance Bass Talks About Pearlman’s Soured Relationship With *NSYNC (2014)
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