Nick Carter’s Sexual Assault Allegations on ‘Fallen Idols’: What You Need to Know


A new ID and Max docuseries, “Fallen Idols: Nick and Aaron Carter,” examines the three sexual assault lawsuits filed against Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter, who has repeatedly denied the allegations while filing his own countersuit, with his lawyers denouncing the accusers as “outrageous” and a “gang of conspirators.”

Key facts

All three women who sued Carter, accusing him of sexual assault, appear in the docuseries “Fallen Idols” (Carter declined to participate).

Shannon Ruth filed a lawsuit against Carter in December 2022, alleging that the singer picked her out of a line of autograph-seeking fans in 2001, brought her to his tour bus and raped her when she was 17 years old . legally worthless, but also completely untrue at the time.

Singer and former member of the girl group Dream, Melissa Schuman, claims Carter sexually assaulted her in a 2002 incident, and she sued him in 2023, six years after publicly accusing him in a blog post.

Ashley Repp sued Carter in August 2023, alleging that he sexually assaulted her multiple times in 2003 when she was 15 and he was 23, claiming that she and Carter knew each other as family friends, and also claiming that he gave her alcohol and infected her with HPV. .

Carter denies the allegations made by all three women.

News Peg

“Fallen Idols: Nick and Aaron Carter” aired the first two of four episodes on ID and Max on Monday night and concludes with the final two episodes on Tuesday night. The first two episodes focused on Schuman and Repp, while Ruth’s claims will be explored in the final episodes. Also featured in the docuseries is former Pussycat Dolls member Kaya Jones, who says she dated Carter in the 2000s and reportedly discusses Carter’s anger while the two were in a relationship, though she said he was “never physically violent” toward her laundry.

Surprising fact

Schuman sued Carter under a California law — the Sexual Abuse and Cover Up Accountability Act, which passed in 2022 and went into effect Jan. 1, 2023 — that allows some adult survivors of alleged sex crimes to file lawsuits after the deadline of ten years. the restrictions had expired. Prosecutors in Los Angeles had previously said in 2018, a year after Schuman accused Carter of sexual assault on her blog, that Schuman could not investigate the charge because the statute of limitations had expired in 2013.

In return for

In response to the “Fallen Idol” docuseries, Carter’s attorney Dale Hayes Jr. the accusations ‘outrageous’. The lawsuits “are now working their way through the legal system, and based on both the court’s initial rulings and the overwhelming evidence, we are confident that we will prevail and hold them accountable for spreading these falsehoods,” Hayes told Forbes. Carter has contradicted his accusers, claiming first in a February 2023 lawsuit (and again in a January 2024 lawsuit, months after Repp came forward) that the three women and Schuman’s father had been involved in a “five-year conspiracy” to “harass, defame and extort him. Carter alleged that Schuman and her father “groomed and coached” Ruth and Repp to exaggerate and fabricate claims against the singer, alleging that they recruited Ruth on social media and sent tweets attacking Carter and his supporters. Carter’s lawsuit alleged that the “campaign was launched and amplified by the #MeToo movement,” referring to Schuman’s 2017 blog post, which she wrote shortly after the viral campaign against sexual assault began and ended with the hashtag #MeToo.


“Fallen Idols” also explores Aaron Carter’s mental health struggles, his 2022 death by drowning after a drug overdose and his fraught relationship with his brother. Nick Carter previously described their upbringing as ‘chaotic’, stating that their now divorced parents and grandparents were ‘big drinkers’ and that their parents often argued. Both Nick and Aaron Carter have struggled with drugs and alcohol, while their sisters Leslie and Bobbie Jean died of drug overdoses, Leslie at age 25 in 2012 and Bobbie Jean, 41, in 2023. Nick and Aaron’s relationship Carter publicly soured after the sex acts. allegations of assault surfaced. Aaron Carter reportedly defended Schuman on Instagram Live in 2019 and criticized his brother in a series of tweets, claiming he was “bullying these women with power and money.” Nick Carter filed a restraining order against his brother in September 2019, citing his “alarming behavior” and claiming his brother had threatened to kill his pregnant wife and unborn child. The docuseries reportedly suggests that Aaron Carter’s death was influenced by online harassment he faced following his dispute with his brother.

Read further

Where to stream ‘Fallen Idols’ docuseries online (The Hollywood Reporter)

Nick Carter and Melissa Schuman face off in rape case as judge makes major ruling (Rolling Stone)

‘Fallen Idols’ Doc Dives into Nick Carter Rape Allegations and Aaron Carter Controversies: Biggest Revelations (Variety)