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Lance Bass was preyed on by 'pedophile'

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Lance Bass was preyed on by 'pedophile'

Lance Bass claims he was preyed on by a "pedophile" as a teenager.

The former 'N Sync singer, whose bandmates included Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick, says they were "inappropriately" touched by a member of their team when they first formed the group in 1995.

While discussing 'Insurgent' actress Ashley Judd's recent revelation that she was once "sexually harassed" by an unnamed Hollywood mogul, the 36-year-old star told 'The Meredith Vieira Show': "This also happens to men, too. It's a two-way street. It had happened to me.

"When we started there was someone that we worked with that was inappropriately touching us. I was even aware then, at 16, that this guy was a pedophile and he was touching me oddly, but I didn't feel victimised at the time because I was very aware of it."

While the 'Girlfriend' hitmaker never told anyone outside the boy band, who split in 2002, he admitted "the guys would talk about it" together, but didn't say whether they were subjected to the same treatment.

He added: "We would kind of joke about it, but it's not a joking thing, but as a kid, it was just odd. I am glad that we were aware of it and we didn't feel victimised at the time."