Singer Melissa Schuman: Her Humble Beginnings, Net Worth, and Her Fight Against Rape and Sexual Misconduct
For Singer Melissa Schuman, It All Started With A Dream
Pop star singer and actor, Melissa Schuman was once a member of the all-girl pop group, 'Dream.' This group of girls was brought togther in 1998 by Sean “P. Diddy” Combs’ record label, Bad Boy Records. Dream stayed and toured together from 1998 to 2003 when the group broke up. The group began with Melissa Schuman, Diana Ortiz, Ashley Poole and Holly Blake-Arnstein. , 'Dream' made their debut during a time that pop groups were reaching their peak in popularity. 'Dream' began the days of the 'Backstreet Boys,' 'NSYNC, and '98 Degrees.' Dream didn’t get their first trans-atlantic hit until two years after they were formed. In 2000 their album 'It Was All A Dream' debuted and they got their first Billboard Hot 100 hit, 'He Loves U Not.' 'He Loves U Not' peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 2. 'He Loves U Not' reached number 17 on the UK Charts and the 'He Loves U Not' music video reached number 2 on MTV’s Total Request Live.
'Dream, This is Me'
Finding Their Early Success
They would follow up 'He Loves U Not' with their second hit single 'This Is Me,' released that same year. 'This Is Me' would be remixed by rappers Kain and Sean Combs that would also be a Top 10 hit for the group. The video for 'This Is Me' would land at number 1 on Total Request Live and 'Dream' would get to tour with Destiny’s Child and Nelly, as well as perform on Total Request Live, Good Morning America and the Early Show. After 'This Is Me,' Dream would struggle to meet the same success as before. They returned with their second album with an edgier and sexier look. The first single from the album was called 'Crazy,' but the song and video weren’t received nearly as well as 'He Loves U Not' or 'This Is Me.' The group would eventually break up in 2003. Schuman was the first to leave the group in 2002, however, to pursue an acting career in Hollywood. In April 2006, Blake-Arnstein discussed in an MTV News article about what lead to the groups break-up. She noted that the sexier and more mature look that was forced upon them by Combs and their management was not a welcomed change and that her and the rest of the group no longer enjoyed the music or the experience. When they broke up, it left one album, called 'Reality,' unreleased. Right now, Universal owns the rights to the record.
This is what she did after leaving 'Dream'
Singer Melissa Schuman Dips Her Feet Into Acting
Singer Melissa Schuman would go on to appear in 'Love Don’t Cost A Thing' 'The Hollow,' and she would star in 'Silent Scream.' 'Love Don’t Cost A Thing' was a film starring Nick Cannon and Christina Milan. Cannon played a high school boy who pays a cheerleader, played by Milan, to pose as his girlfriend. 'Love Don’t Cost A Thing' was a remake of 1987’s 'Can’t Buy Me Love,' starring Patrick Dempsey. In 'Love Don't Cost A Thing' Schuman played a supporting character, Zoe Parks, who was friends with Milan’s Paris Morgan. 'Love Don’t Cost A Thing' had some success in the United States, grossing just over $21 million dollars. Melissa Schuman would go on to play Amber, a supporting character in a horror film called 'The Hollow.' 'The Hollow' would also star Kaley Cuoco from 'The Big Bang Theory,' and 'Backstreet Boy,' Nick Carter. The movie’s basic plot was, restless spirits beckon Ian Cranston, the last blood relative of Ichabod Crane, back to Sleepy Hollow. When he arrives to the town, the Headless Horseman is found riding again. 'The Hollow' was released back around Halloween 2004. 'The Hollow' was definitely not a film that had any major success, especially for Schuman. Then in 2005, singer Melissa Schuman starred in another horror film, 'Silent Scream.' In 'Silent Scream' a group of college students travels to a cottage town on an isolated island of their psychology professor, Barren. They expect to spend the weekend having fun until a serial-killer comes and turns everything into a nightmare. 'Silent Scream' was another B-rated horror film for Schuman. 'Silent Scream' had little to no success for the entire cast.
Her Relationship With Nick Carter
Singer Melissa Schuman Accuses Backstreet Boy Nick Carter of Rape and Sexual Misconduct, Police Report Filed
Just recently, singer Melissa Schuman filed a police report, accusing Nick Carter of sexually assaulting her. Back in February 2018 Melissa Schuman filed a police report with the Santa Monica Police Department, filing charges of rape and sexual misconduct. Currently an investigation is being conducted. She first made the accusations of sexual misconduct on her personal blog in November 2017. She stated that Nick Carter first reached out to her when she was filming for the music video This Is Me (Remix)' with her band and Sean Combs. However, they didn’t meet in person until they filmed the made for TV Movie, 'The Hollows' in 2004. By then singer Melissa Schuman was newly single. During an off day of filming, singer Melissa Schuman and a friend were invited over to a party at Nick Carter’s Santa Monica apartment. It was described as a casual get together, and not so much of an actual house party. The apartment was described as having no furniture accept for a TV and a video game console. According to Schuman, Carter and his friends also provided alcohol; they were having drinks and taking shots.
Supposedly, according to Schuman’s blog as well, there was a moment when she and Nick Carter were alone in his office, listening to new music that he was creating, when they began kissing. Supposedly, Schuman says this is where things become graphic and the sexual misconduct begins. At the time, singer Melissa Schuman was a known virgin. She did not want to give consent to having sex. According to Schuman, Carter said he "would not tell anyone,” but Melissa Schuman said that was not the point. Supposedly from the blog, Carter took Schuman to the bathroom and proceeded to take off her pants and perform oral sex on her against her will. At the time that the rape and sexual misconduct was taking place, singer Melissa Schuman did not know where her friend was and didn’t think she could help her. Eventually, Nick Carter supposedly took her to his bedroom where she claimed that he raped her, even when she pleading with him not to. She pleading that she was a virgin and waiting for marriage, but she claimed he ignored that plea. Melissa Schuman was scared to come out with these allegations of rape and sexual misconduct because of the history of victim shaming and worried that no one would believe her because it was Nick Carter. Nick Carter, now 38, released a statement to PEOPLE saying:
Why It Take Her So Long To Come Out With Her Story
“I am shocked and saddened by Ms. Schuman’s accusations. Melissa never expressed to me while we were together or at any time since that anything we did was not consensual. We went on to record a song and perform together, and I was always respectful and supportive of Melissa both personally and professionally,” Singer Melissa Schuman felt inspired by other stories of women coming out and exposing their attackers. Schuman wanted to tell her story of sexual misconduct and join the #MeToo movement. She had originally appeared on an episode of Dr. Oz in December 2017 where she talked about her rape and sexual misconduct on TV for the first time and answered why she didn’t come out 15 years earlier. “I’d actually confided in my manager at that time about pressing charges. And I was told that [Carter] had the most powerful litigator in the country and that I didn’t have the money to pay for an attorney to essentially defend me, if he were to come after me,” she said. “My manager told me, ‘You know you’re trying to build a name for yourself right now, everyone’s going to call you fame hungry, that you’re trying to use this to better yourself or get your name out there and at this point there’s nothing we can do,’” she continued. “I remember telling him, ‘Oh, so that’s it… he just gets away with it?!’”
What's She Doing Now?
Singer Melissa Schuman: Her Current Projects and Net Worth
In 2008, singer Melissa Schuman announced that an attempt to reunite 'Dream' had failed, and that Schuman was attempting to start a new band with another former 'Dream' bandmate, Ashley Poole, calling the group Lady Phoenix. In August 2008 they announced that Diana Ortiz from 'Dream' would also be joining the group. However, in 2012, they announced the attempt at the new group had also failed and the group disbanded. On May 11, 2015 Schuman and the rest of 'Dream' announced a reunion by posting a video online of them performing an acapella version of 'He Loves U Not.' The video gained over 60,000 views and the attention of MTV, Seventeen Magazine, and gossip columnist Perez Hilton. Later that month they started a Twitter and Facebook page for the group, with an announcement in April of 2016 that they would be joining the 'My2K Tour' with Ryan Cabrera, '98 Degrees,' Paula Abdul, 'Boyz II Men' and 'O-Town' as well as joining the Mixtape Festival on August 2016 with 'New Kids On The Block.' In August 2016 they released their first single in 15 years called 'I Believe' on iTunes and Spotify. However, in October 2016 Ashley Poole announced on her Snapchat that the girl band had once again broken up. Singer Melissa Schuman got married to dancer Brandon Herschel in June 2006 in San Diego, California. Her overall net worth is currently pending but has been estimated to be less than a million dollars according to some websites. But, since her overall net worth is pending that could be inaccurate. She still gets money from her anything she earns from her old movies and singles when she was with 'Dream.' Her net worth may actually be over a million dollars. We may not know her net worth until later this year.