Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter has been accused of raping a 17-year-old lady.
A girl named Shannon “Shay” Ruth filed a lawsuit in opposition to the singer on Thursday, alleging the incident occurred in 2001 on a tour bus in Tacoma, Washington.
Ruth, who’s now 39, filed the lawsuit in Las Vegas the place Carter lives, in response to a press launch from her legal professionals from Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard legislation agency.
Ruth is on the autism spectrum and has a delicate case of cerebral palsy. She alleges she was on an autograph line when Carter, now 42, invited her onto his tour bus. He allegedly gave her a drink that tasted “funny,” calling it “VIP juice.” Ruth alleges he then took her to the lavatory, the place he compelled her to carry out sexual acts.
Ruth additionally alleged Carter used a slur in opposition to her and that he instructed her to not inform anybody. She mentioned the alleged incident lead her to commit acts of self hurt. She additionally believes he transmitted HPV – a sexually transmitted virus that might trigger most cancers – to her.
“My main reason I’m here today is I want to stop Nick Carter from doing this to somebody else,” she mentioned in a assertion.
In a assertion to CBS News, Carter’s lawyer, Michael Holtz, mentioned the “claim about an incident that supposedly took place more than 20 years ago is not only legally meritless but also entirely untrue.”
“Unfortunately, for several years now, Ms. Ruth has been manipulated into making false allegations about Nick – and those allegations have changed repeatedly and materially over time,” Holtz continued. “No one should be fooled by a press stunt orchestrated by an opportunistic lawyer – there is nothing to this claim whatsoever, which we have no doubt the courts will quickly realize.”
Variety reported that ABC pulled a Backstreet Boys holiday special that was set to air on Dec. 14 because of the accusations in opposition to Carter. CBS News confirmed that “A Very Backstreet Holiday” particular has been canceled.
Ruth’s attorneys say in their investigation of Carter, they’ve discovered different victims who allege Carter abused them, too.
In 2004, tabloids accused Carter of abusing Paris Hilton, whom he dated, as a result of she was seen with bruises on her physique. Hilton has not publicly accused Carter of hurting her, and Carter has denied the rumors.
“If they need the media attention, let them do their thing,” Carter mentioned in a statement to MTV on the time. “My family, friends and fans know that this is not my character and I would never hurt someone that I cared for or do anything like the malicious things they are claiming.”
In 2017, singer Melissa Schuman of the pop group Dream alleged Carter raped her when she was 18 and he was 22. Carter responded to the allegation in a assertion to Entertainment Tonight, saying he was “shocked and saddened” by it.
“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. This is the first that I am hearing about these accusations, nearly two decades later. It is contrary to my nature and everything I hold dear to intentionally cause someone discomfort or harm,” he mentioned.
Nick’s brother publicly accused his brother of abusing him, one other member of the family and Hilton, in a sequence of tweets in 2019. The tweets got here after Nick revealed he and his sister, Angel, obtained a restraining order in opposition to Aaron attributable to his “increasingly alarming behavior.”, additionally
Aaron made many disturbing accusations in opposition to relations in the tweets, together with that Nick abused him his “whole life.” Days later, he tweeted that he beloved his brother and household.
“I’ve been very hurt by the fact that my big brother has not made an effort to be part of my life for a long time. So therefore, I lashed out and said some hurtful things I did not mean to say,” he tweeted, in response to Entertainment Tonight.