Melissa Schuman Reveals Complex Relationship with Nick Carter in New Docuseries

Melissa Schuman explains recording duet with Nick Carter after alleged rape in new docuseries.

Melissa Schuman in April 2016; Nick Carter in January 2023. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, MATTHEW SIMMONS/GETTY; MICHAEL KOVAC/GETTY)
Melissa Schuman in April 2016; Nick Carter in January 2023. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, MATTHEW SIMMONS/GETTY; MICHAEL KOVAC/GETTY)

Melissa Schuman, the former Dream singer, is shedding light on the reasons behind her decision to record a duet with Nick Carter months after she alleges he raped her.

Schuman’s revelations are part of the new Investigation Discovery docuseries “Fallen Idols: Nick and Aaron Carter,” where she discusses the alleged 2003 incident and the subsequent impact on her life and career.

Schuman, now 39, recounts the traumatic event that took place in Carter’s Santa Monica apartment when she was 18.

Despite her initial intentions to avoid Carter after the alleged assault, industry pressures and career aspirations led her to record the song “There for Me” with him.

This decision, Schuman explains, was heavily influenced by her management and the dynamics within the entertainment industry.

Reflecting on the duet, Schuman describes it as a move that felt “almost premeditated,” suggesting it served more as an alibi for Carter than a genuine career boost for her.

She addresses the public’s misunderstanding of her actions post-assault, such as following Carter on social media and expressing condolences. These actions, she clarifies, were attempts to find forgiveness and move forward.

Nick Carter in New York City in June 2017. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, SANTIAGO FELIPE/GETTY)
Nick Carter in New York City in June 2017. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, SANTIAGO FELIPE/GETTY)

After the alleged assault, Schuman was in a state of denial. Although she considered filing a police report, she feared the potential disruption to her budding career. Instead, she resolved to steer clear of Carter.

However, her aspirations for a solo music career brought her back into his orbit. Signing with Kenneth Crear’s management company seemed like a promising step until she realized Crear’s close relationship with Carter.

Crear presented Schuman with the duet opportunity, assuring her that she would not need to be alone with Carter. Despite her initial reservations, Schuman agreed to record her part.

She recounts the unease she felt during this process, especially when Crear emphasized Carter’s then-relationship with Paris Hilton, perhaps as a way to ease her concerns.

The situation escalated when a showcase was arranged for Sony Records to potentially secure Schuman a record deal. Unbeknownst to her, Carter was slated to join her for the duet performance.

Schuman describes feeling overwhelmed and scared but felt compelled to proceed for professional reasons.

The encounter was emotionally taxing, and Carter’s remark, “Well clearly we don’t like each other,” marked their final interaction.

The showcase did not yield the hoped-for record deal. Crear informed Schuman that Sony found her “vocally weak,” which effectively ended her solo music career. Crear has not responded to requests for comment on these events.

Schuman first publicly accused Carter of rape in a 2017 blog post. Carter has consistently denied the allegations, asserting that their sexual encounter was consensual.

The legal battles between Schuman and Carter continue, with Schuman filing a lawsuit for sexual assault and battery in April 2023, and Carter countersuing, alleging that Schuman and another accuser, Shannon Ruth, were exploiting the #MeToo movement for personal gain.

“Fallen Idols: Nick and Aaron Carter” delves into the tumultuous lives of the Carter brothers, highlighting their rise to fame and subsequent struggles.

The docuseries, which premiered on May 27 and May 28, provides a comprehensive look at their personal and professional challenges, including Aaron Carter’s tragic death in 2022.

Schuman’s story is a poignant example of the complexities faced by survivors of sexual assault within the entertainment industry.

Her narrative underscores the difficulties of navigating a career while dealing with trauma and the pressures to conform to industry demands.

As legal proceedings continue, Schuman remains a vocal advocate for survivors, determined to share her truth despite the personal and professional repercussions.

The ongoing lawsuits and the public discourse surrounding them reflect broader societal issues regarding sexual assault allegations and the power dynamics in the entertainment industry.

Schuman’s participation in the docuseries aims to bring awareness and perhaps justice, as she continues to stand by her claims and seek resolution.

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