By Jonathan Hailey
Singer Lance Bass shared a traumatic experience from his early career in an interview on The Meredith Vieira Show.
When the subject of Ashley Judd’s recent sexual harassment allegations came up during the show, Bass discussed his own experience of being sexually harassed by a music executive when he and NSYNC were starting out as teenagers. “This happens to men too,” Bass said in regards to harassment. “When I was 16, 17 years old, there was someone we worked with that was inappropriately touching us. I was even aware at 16 that this guy was a pedophile and he was touching me oddly.”
He didn’t mention NSYNC manger Lou Pearlman by name, but numerous reports over the years have claimed that the svengali had molested his protégées, he has never been charged with that crime. However, he is serving 25 years in jail for embezzlement.
Bass said he didn’t tell anyone about the incident, but coped by joking about it with the other members of the group. He shared, “No. With the guys we would talk about it, joke about it, even though it’s not a joking matter. I didn’t feel victimized at the time because I was very aware of it.”