THE Backstreet Boys banded together to support Nick Carter as he faced the music after he was accused of raping a female fan.
The 42-year-old American singer was accused of s*xually assaulting a disabled teenager on a tour bus in 2001.
Despite his group’s Christmas TV special being canceled due to claims, the five acted as a united front to fans in New York.
Carter was depicted in high spirits as he waved to the audience in his first appearance since the accusations.
Kevin Richardson AJ McLean, Brian Littrell and Howie Dorough expressed their support for the singer by posing for cozy photos.
The 42-year-old man hugged Kevin and AJ gratefully by the shoulders and grinned at the camera.
The boys chatted with fans outside the Empire State Building in the Big Apple on Thursday, shortly after their holiday show was cancelled.
They brushed off ABC’s hit despite A Very Backstreet Christmas being scheduled to air on December 14th.
It was supposed to showcase the band’s songs from their latest self-titled album, with a host of stars joining in the celebration.
Seth Rogen, Meghan Trainor, Nikki Glazer, Rob Riggle, Ron Funches and Atsuko Okatsuka were supposed to appear in the Christmas special.
The broadcaster stopped the group’s return to television after Shannon “Shay” Root announced that she was suing Carter for s*xual battery.
The 39-year-old woman claims the star left bruises on her body during an incident on his tour bus when she was a teenager.
Ruth, who has autism and cerebral palsy, announced her legal battle during a press conference. broadcast via Facebook This week.
With the support of her lawyers, she tearfully claimed that 20-year-old Carter raped her in his tour bus when she was 17 after a Backstreet Boys performance in Tacoma, Washington.
She claims she was invited onto the bus after the singer spotted her waiting for an autograph before he allegedly exposed himself.
Ruth claimed that the 42-year-old man forced her to perform oral s*x on him before raping her.
She stated: “The last 21 years have been filled with pain, confusion, frustration, shame and self-mutilation, which are a direct result of Nick Carter raping me.
“Despite the fact that I am autistic and living with cerebral palsy, I believe that nothing has affected me more than what Nick Carter did and said to me.
“Carter tried to scare me into silence… he was nasty and threatening.”
She also stated that the star left “bruises on her arm.”
The past 21 years have been filled with pain, confusion, frustration, shame, and self-mutilation, all of which are the direct result of Nick Carter raping me.
Wiping her tears, she added, “I felt like I had nowhere to turn, nowhere to express my emotions.
“And I sincerely believe that if I told anyone, I would go to jail. I tried my best to blame myself because I got on the bus with Nick.
“My motivation for coming forward and filing this lawsuit is to stop Nick Carter from att*cking more teenagers and women.”
She said she “knows” other women have similar stories and hopes to “hold Nick Carter accountable.”
Ruth’s lawyer also spoke out in support of his client and stated that three other women, identified only as Jane Doe, were involved.
But Carter’s lawyer dismissed the allegations as “completely untrue” and “a press stunt staged by an opportunistic lawyer.”
In a statement, he said: “This claim about an incident that allegedly took place over 20 years ago is not only legally unfounded, but completely untrue.
“Unfortunately, for several years now, Ms. Ruth has been manipulated into making false accusations against Nick, and these accusations have changed repeatedly and substantially over time.
“No one should be deceived by a press stunt organized by an opportunistic lawyer – there is nothing in this statement, and we have no doubt that the courts will quickly understand this.”
Carter has not yet made a public statement about the allegations.
According to court documents, Ruth claims that Carter offered her a drink, to which she responded by asking for apple juice.
He allegedly told her that he had cranberry juice and handed her a “red colored drink” which he is said to have called “VIP juice”.
Ruth said the drink didn’t taste right, but she drank it even though she was underage and didn’t want to drink, and now says she suspects it was a mixture of alcohol and cranberry juice.
She claimed that Carter then took her to the bus bathroom and ordered her to perform oral s*x on him.
She claimed to have cried during the ordeal, but he continued.
She then described how Carter put her to bed on the bus and continued to att*ck her, and after the incident, she allegedly said she would tell people about what he had done.
The documents claim that he told her that no one would believe her, calling her a “sh*tty little bitch”.
The alleged victim, who according to the lawsuit was a virgin at the time, says she contracted HPV after the incident and is seeking monetary damages.
In 2017, Melissa Schuman, a former member of the girl group Dream, claimed that Carter was s*xually assaulted when she was 18 and he was 22.
He admitted that they had a s*xual relationship, but consensual, and he was never charged with such crimes.
Carter’s younger brother Aaron tragically died last month at the age of 34.
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