Lance Bass Admits He Was Inappropriately Touched During His Early Days With ‘N Sync

Ashley Judd speaking out about the sexual harassment she experienced back in 1997 has opened up the conversation for several other celebrities. People are starting to feel more comfortable talking about incredibly uncomfortable things, and that’s truly a beautiful thing.

On Wednesday, Lance Bass was on the new Meredith Vieira Show with a group of panelists discussing Judd’s article in Variety. During the discussion, Bass decided to open up about an experience he had when he was 16-years-old and just starting out with ‘N Sync.

It happens to men too. It’s a two-way street. It had happened to me when I was 16 or 17-years-old. When we started, there was someone that we worked with that was inappropriately touching us. I wasn’t even aware then, at 16, that this guy was a pedophile and he was touching me.

He didn’t call anyone out by name, but you could tell it was a confusing and painful moment in his life. He described the experience as “odd” and claims he and his bandmates tried to joke about it…

I mean with the guys we would talk about it. We would kind of joke about it, but it’s not a joking thing. But as a kid, it was just odd.

Everyone on the show agreed Judd’s decision to speak out was a good one. Even though it happened almost 20 years ago, it’s never too late to talk about it.

If we don’t speak out, it’s never going to stop.” Lilliana Vazquez said.