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Nick and Aaron Carter’ Team Talk Allegations & Struggles



Investigation Discovery’s latest docuseries Fallen Idols: Nick and Aaron Carter dives into the allegations of sexual assault in opposition to Backstreet Boys frontman Nick Carter and brother Aaron Carter’s struggles with psychological well being and substance abuse.

The four-part sequence, which airs Monday and Tuesday, spends its first two episodes introducing Melissa Schuman, a former member of pop woman band Dream, who was the primary lady to publicly come ahead, in 2017, to allege that Nick Carter sexually assaulted her.

Schuman spoke out when the #MeToo motion was rocking the leisure world. Two different accusers — Ashley Rapp and Shay Ruth — subsequently revealed their very own accusations of assault. Over the course of 4 episodes, Schuman, Rapp and Ruth open up about their tales and the backlash they’ve acquired since coming ahead to accuse somebody as beloved by the band’s superfans as Nick Carter.

The second half of the docuseries explores Aaron Carter’s struggles, a few of which started when he spoke out in help of the survivors who alleged his brother had raped them, inflicting their relationship to fracture earlier than Aaron Carter died in 2022 at age 34.

For ID president Jason Sarlanis, incurring the wrath of the BSB Military for Fallen Idols wasn’t a lot of a priority. “Regardless of the subject matter, when anybody’s brave enough to share their story — as the three women who are featured in this docuseries did — we want to use our platform to empower them and give them a voice,” the community head tells The Hollywood Reporter. “Regardless of who they might be speaking about, we want to empower the survivors and not be so focused necessarily on the potential perpetrator.”

Under, Sarlanis, together with Fallen Idols showrunner Elissa Halperin and government producer Michael Hirschorn, clarify why that is the appropriate time for the docuseries, focus on the way it’s taken so lengthy for the #MeToo motion to hit the music business and share their hopes for the four-parter.


What issues did you’ve got about going after somebody as beloved by followers as Nick Carter?

ELISSA HALPERIN The truth that there may be such a fan base makes it a related story to have a look at. These are lawsuits which might be taking place, and it appears like a really topical story due to that.

Nick Carter

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How lengthy have you ever all been engaged on this docuseries?

MICHAEL HIRSCHORN The undertaking was initiated by a wonderful producer, a British producer named Natasha Bowler. She had been engaged on a distinct undertaking about #MeToo within the music enterprise and constructed up quite a lot of connections and relationships. She initially constructed the relationships with the three girls featured within the documentary, interviewed them after which introduced the undertaking to [my company] Ish Leisure. After which, actually, there was a course of by which the belief needed to be transferred to us, after which finally to Elissa because the showrunner to guarantee that the ladies knew that we have been going to deal with them in addition to Natasha had.

I initially talked to Jason within the fall of ’22. I believe we’d introduced the undertaking out shortly earlier than Aaron Carter died, and it was really a way more easy undertaking on the time. After which as we have been taking it out, we bought the horrible information about his demise. After which Jason actually challenged us to increase the scope of the undertaking and to sort of knit collectively the story of Aaron and Nick with the story of the three girls, which I believe made the entire story far more highly effective and made it much more dimensionalized and richer, and I believe simply elevated it from a sort of easy story to at least one that had so many alternative parts. In the end, we needed to increase it from three to 4 episodes.

Why did you select to air it now?

JASON SARLANIS By way of the why now from an airing perspective, it’s sort of a confluence of two issues. One, we’re right here to help these survivors, and that is the place they’re on their journey. And it is a snapshot in that exact second of time. So, when it comes to doing proper by them, we wish to air it fairly well timed to the second that they sat down in entrance of cameras. So, that’s a part of the impetus. And the opposite a part of it’s that the ID model as a platform is maturing and evolving. We’re now at a spot post-some of the opposite documentaries we’ve completed in tangential areas, like Quiet on Set, to essentially give this documentary the platform it deserves and the attain it deserves.

Why was ID the appropriate place for Fallen Idols?

SARLANIS I can let Ish communicate to why Michael was, I might say, good sufficient to imagine that we have been the right residence. (Laughs.) However, from an ID perspective, we actually take into account ourselves the unique residence of investigative documentary sequence and pleasure ourselves on our mission to make use of that platform to offer victims and survivors a voice. On the coronary heart of what this documentary is, it truly is these three girls, so we predict we’re the right place for them to share their story.

HIRSCHORN We had loads of curiosity within the undertaking. Jason instantly stepped up, and, as a former community exec, I actually respect a community exec who was keen to say, “Yes, I want to do this. I want to commit to it now.” And who trusted us and supported us all through the method. One of many issues that’s been actually outstanding about working with Jason and the entire workforce is that they’ve been actually sturdy companions and have challenged us to make it higher. They’re not going to draw back from troublesome materials. They’re actually decided to verify we make the very best undertaking. So, that basically struck me each watching what ID had been doing two years in the past and has continued to do. So, I’m very blissful we made that call.

Melissa Schuman in Fallen Idols.

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Jason, what did you suppose once they introduced it to you?

SARLANIS I believe it’s a superb instance of the place the subject material and the filmmakers intersec completely. Michael has such a historical past of understanding the popular culture music house, given his personal profession, particularly in the case of his time as a community government. He’s intimately conscious of the various layers that go into being a part of the popular culture megadome that Nick and Aaron have been each part of, and I believe that gave him a very distinctive perspective on easy methods to inform this story. To not point out, his expertise and journalistic integrity to verify we’re doing this story proper. So, when he sat down with me over drinks, really, and mentioned that this was a ardour undertaking of his and one which he was able to sort of start into actuality, I immediately jumped on the alternative to work along with him.

HIRSCHORN Elissa is any person who we discovered by ID, however she’s a really journalistically rigorous showrunner. I had loads of consolation in the truth that she was a very sturdy backstop, who may take a look at materials. We have been wading by, in a single case, 350 pages of authorized paperwork that have been dropped on our entrance door. It takes any person with a really excessive degree of intelligence and endurance and stick-to-itiveness, and lack of ADD, to have the endurance to undergo a whole bunch of paperwork and evaluate them and form of determine a story throughline that displays precisely what these paperwork say.

SARLANIS If I can pour on to the love affair of all issues Elissa, it is a actually nuanced story and a narrative that not simply explores the difficulties of sexual assault, but in addition histories of substance abuse, actually tragic, darkish, household dynamics, and the way intergenerationally that has affected these two younger males. Elissa, in her historical past with us alone, I imply, has completed documentaries in comparable areas and brings an actual sense of experience to the subject material in all its completely different functions.

Elissa, are you able to discuss to me about how showrunning works on a docuseries. Many individuals consider showrunners as writers, however these have been girls telling their very own tales.

HALPERIN Being introduced on to this present was actually an honor and a privilege to work with Jason once more, and to work with Michael and the workforce at Ish for the primary time. It was a privilege to be requested to take part on this.

For me, there was a private ingredient to it. I got here of age when these two younger males have been arising. So, I had that non-public nostalgic connection to it. I actually needed to have a look at the massive image of, how do two males who have been on prime of the world 25 years in the past wind up the place we are actually — which is, one has been accused of very tragic issues and one is now not with us, which is tragic as effectively.

My method is to have a look at everybody’s story and attempt to give everybody house for his or her standpoint, and to determine how all of these items join in a method that’s honest and that honors the ladies and their intentions in addition to understanding the challenges of presenting one thing that’s evolving and desirous to get the voice and perspective of somebody who opted to not personally take part.

Aaron Carter and Nick Carter.

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Why do you suppose it’s taken so lengthy for the #MeToo motion to hit the music business regardless of taking the movie business by storm in 2017?

HIRSCHORN Properly, one factor I can level to, as has Jason, I’ve spent a lot of my profession sort of adjoining to the music enterprise, and loads of the facility buildings within the music enterprise actually haven’t modified within the final a number of many years. The factor that basically broke it open — and we have been speaking about once I was speaking to Jason in late 2022 — have been varied look-back legal guidelines that had that have been going to come back into impact in 2023, which allowed alleged victims to take motion that they couldn’t take beforehand as a result of the alleged incidents had occurred too way back. So, I believe this new wave is being pushed, no less than partially, by a brand new authorized openness of the court docket system in California and in addition in New York to open the window, notably for civil fits.

And so, as 2023 began, there was instantly this wave of tales, and it truly is sort of #MeToo 2.0, however I believe with a key distinction. The opposite attention-grabbing ingredient of this story is, not like #MeToo 1.0, the accused are being much more aggressive of their defenses than they have been the final time round. I believe a part of this story is the diploma to which Nick Carter just isn’t backing down from his protestations of innocence, and is utilizing his authorized may and sources to combat again in opposition to the ladies and make fairly severe accusations in opposition to them in flip.

HALPERIN It looks like additionally, I believe, responsible or harmless, a number of years in the past, individuals would simply sort of shrink again and draw back it doesn’t matter what form of the allegations have been simply due to the PR side. However, I believe now, somebody like Nick, who actually is sustaining his innocence, he’s decided to show that in court docket and to claim that.

What do you hope the viewers response might be, and what change do you hope Fallen Idols brings?

HALPERIN To have the ability to have these conversations could be a very nice final result. For individuals to pay attention to one another, to listen to one another, and to seek out house for nuance and style.

SARLANIS I believe for survivors of sexual abuse, for survivors of substance abuse, for this documentary, to permit individuals to convey into the sunshine their very own experiences and have wanted conversations. If this documentary does that, if it helps even just some individuals really feel OK, then it’s completed a job.

HIRSCHORN There’s a necessity that folks of a sure age and folks of all ages have in reckoning with a second of their childhood, or the second of their teenagers, or the second of their early grownup lives and coming to phrases with how a lot issues have modified within the final 20 years — and the way a lot issues stay the identical.

So if we did our jobs accurately, you each have a way of nostalgia and a way that, “Wow, was it a different time?” It’s solely 20 years in the past, nevertheless it might be historical historical past, and I believe it offers individuals a chance to replicate on how they’ve modified, how the tradition has modified and in addition the work that also must be completed. Then, we’ll have completed our job.

Fallen Idols releases throughout two nights, with its first two episodes dropping on ID and Max on Might 27 and its closing two on Might 28 from 9 – 11 p.m.

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