Nick Carter Performs With Backstreet Boys at Jingle Ball Despite Rape Allegations
Nick Carter seemed unconcerned as he performed with the Backstreet Boys on Friday night, despite a raft of damning charges revealed in a lawsuit filed earlier this week.
The 42-year-old singer and his bandmates performed at iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball concert at Madison Square Garden, with Dua Lipa, Lizzo, Charlie Puth, The Kid LAROI, and Demi Lovato, among others.
Carter, Kevin Richardson, A.J. McLean, Brian Littrell, and Howie Dorough of the Backstreet Boys wore all-white ensembles as they performed some of their greatest hits in front of a raucous crowd.
The performance comes just days after discovered that ABC’s planned Backstreet Boys Christmas special, A Very Backstreet Holiday, would no longer air next week. Instead, the network will broadcast comedic reruns.
Shannon Ruth filed a lawsuit in which she claimed Carter raped her when she was 17 after attending one of his concerts in Tacoma, Washington.
He allegedly invited her to his tour bus and forced her to have oral sex in the restroom before sexually abusing her again in the bedroom.
Ruth’s lawyer told that the lawsuit was filed in Las Vegas because that’s where Carter lives.
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Carter, for his part, has categorically refuted the charges.
According to Michael Holtz, the singer’s attorney, “this claim about an incident that allegedly occurred more than 20 years ago is not only legally meritless but also utterly incorrect.”
The lawyer went on, “Unfortunately, Ms. [Shannon] Ruth has been duped into making false charges about Nick for some years now, and those allegations have altered regularly and dramatically over time.
No one should be duped by a journalistic spectacle arranged by an opportunistic lawyer; there is nothing to this claim, as the courts will swiftly understand.”