Nick Carter, the renowned singer from the Backstreet Boys, has found himself amidst controversy. A recent lawsuit against him alleges he sexually assaulted a minor on multiple occasions, including aboard a luxury yacht.
Allegations Stretching Back to 2003
The lawsuit, lodged in Nevada’s Clark County District Court earlier this week, details the accusations against Carter stemming from incidents in 2003. At the time, Carter was either 22 or 23 years old, while the alleged victim, identified only as “A.R.,” was a 15-year-old from Pennsylvania.
A.R. alleges that one of these assaults occurred in a yacht’s bedroom. It’s stated within the lawsuit that Carter explicitly told A.R. to keep the incidents a secret. Further unsettling details describe other instances of assault, which purportedly occurred on a bus and another boat. Beyond the allegations of sexual assault, the lawsuit also accuses Carter of giving alcohol and drugs to A.R., leading to her becoming intoxicated while on his yacht. Even more distressing is the claim that Carter transmitted the human papillomavirus (HPV) to the young girl.
While A.R. reported the alleged incidents to her mother and local Pennsylvania authorities, no charges were ever pressed against Carter. This current lawsuit charges Carter with sexual battery and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
Carter’s Staunch Denial
Carter’s legal team was quick to respond to the allegations. Their statement read, “Nick welcomes A.R.’s recent filing as it promises that all currently known collaborators will face justice.” They went on to underline that the accusations brought forward by A.R. were once scrutinized by law enforcement officials and found to lack merit.
Past Allegations Resurface
Unfortunately for Carter, this isn’t his first rendezvous with such severe allegations. In December, another lawsuit claimed that Carter had raped Shannon “Shay” Ruth when she was just 17 years old. Ruth’s account detailed how Carter allegedly supplied her with alcohol, proceeded to rape her, and subsequently threatened her to ensure her silence. Additionally, in 2003, singer Melissa Schuman made accusations of rape against Carter. However, the statute of limitations had expired before any charges could be brought against him.
Throughout all these accusations, Carter has consistently maintained his innocence. His attorneys have even gone on the offensive, suggesting that the accusers might be attempting to exploit the #MeToo movement’s momentum.