UNITED STATES. Backstreet Boys star Nick Carter charged with rape

Nick Carter, one of the members of the American group Backstreet Boys, was accused on Thursday of rape by a former autistic fan, who denounced the facts as far back as 2001, when she was 17 years old. Accompanied by her lawyer, Shannon Ruth explained at a press conference in California that she had filed a complaint for a rape committed by the singer on the sidelines of a boy band concert in Tacoma, Washington.

“Even though I have autism and I live with cerebral palsy, I think nothing has hurt me more in my life than what Nick Carter did to me,” this woman, now 39 years old, condemned in tears.

After a request for an autograph, the star invited her onto a tour bus where he gave her a ‘strange tasting’ drink billed as ‘VIP juice’, said the plaintiff’s lawyer Mark Boskovich. “After she drank the juice, Carter took her to the bus bathroom, asked her to kneel down and pulled out her genitals and ordered her to perform sexual acts,” he detailed.

According to the lawyer, the teenager, a virgin at the time, cried throughout her ordeal and the singer continued his attack. He “pushed her onto the bed” at the back of the bus “and raped her despite her protests”, he added. The star, now 42, then called her a “retarded little bitch” who “nobody would believe” if she came forward, according to the lawyer.

Previous charges time barred against Nick Carter

Shannon Ruth filed her civil suit in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she and the singer live. She is demanding financial compensation, the amount of which has not been disclosed. According to his lawyer, the complaint contains statements from three other women who also accuse the singer of sexual assault. They wish to remain anonymous and have not yet filed an individual complaint.

Nick Carter, whose band produced the songs “I Want It That Way” and “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”, was accused earlier in 2017 of rape by American singer Melissa Schuman. In this case, he has always denied the facts, and the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office did not prosecute him because the alleged facts were out of date.

Contacted by AFP, his representatives had not responded by Thursday afternoon to the new charges leveled against him. The singer did not mention the complaint on social media, where recent posts pay tribute to his brother, who died last month. “This accusation is completely false,” a member of his entourage assured the People site TMZ. “Nick is focused on his family and grieving for his brother. »

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