Surprising information out of the music world right now, as Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter has been accused of raping an underage fan in 2001.
In a newly filed lawsuit and a press convention that was livestreamed on Fb, Shannon “Shay” Ruth alleged that Carter sexually assaulted her after they met backstage at a live performance when she was simply 17 years previous.
Ruth, who’s now 39, lives with autism and cerebral palsy.
She says that Carter took benefit of her weak state and mocked her situation after he assaulted her.
“The final 21 years have been full of ache, confusion, frustration, disgrace and self-harm which are a direct results of Nick Carter raping me,” Ruth stated throughout right now’s press convention.
“Despite the fact that I am autistic and dwell with cerebral palsy, I consider that nothing has affected me extra or had a extra lasting impression on my life than what Nick Carter did and stated to me,” she continued.
“After he raped me, I bear in mind him calling me a ‘re—-ed bitch’ and grabbing me and leaving bruises on my arm.”
Addressing the query of why she waited greater than 20 years to talk out, Ruth defined that she was frightened of going public.
“Carter tried to scare me into silence … he was nasty and threatening,” she stated.
Ruth added that was hesitant to talk out as a result of she believed that she may “go to jail” if she advised her story.
She ultimately got here ahead, she stated, within the hope that she would possibly be capable of “cease” Carter from “assaulting extra teenagers and girls” and “maintain Nick Carter accountable.”
“Simply because Nick Carter is a celeb doesn’t imply that he’s excused from his crimes,” the sufferer concluded.
“I’m a survivor and all the time can be.”
“Nick Carter has a protracted historical past of abusing ladies,” stated Ruth’s lawyer Mark J. Boskovich, including that the music trade allegedly has a historical past of “trying away.”
The lawsuit additionally mentions three different accusers who’re recognized solely as Jane Doe.
“Shay is set to deliver Carter to justice,” Boskovich stated.
“She believes it is value it to guard different ladies.”
Carter and his household have been within the information just lately as a consequence of the dying of Nick’s brother Aaron.
Aaron, who was additionally a widely known pop star in his youth, was discovered lifeless within the rest room of his Lancaster, California dwelling in November.
The singer was simply 34 years previous.
Nick Carter has not but spoken publicly in regards to the allegations in opposition to him.
Carter was beforehand accused of sexual assault in 2017 by singer Melissa Schuman.
We may have additional updates on this growing story as new data turns into out there.