Nick Carter is being “prosecuted for sexual assault” after he allegedly assaulted a disabled fan on a tour bus in 2001, reports TMZ.
According to court documents reviewed by TMZ, Shannon Ruth, who has autism and cerebral palsy, claims the Backstreet Boys singer, now 42, invited her on her tour bus when she was 17 after the band’s concert in Tacoma, Wash., after spotting her waiting. in the autograph line.
Court documents say Ruth was allegedly asked if she wanted a drink – after asking for apple juice, she claims Carter offered her cranberries and gave her a ‘red-colored’ drink which he took called “VIP juice”.
A source close to Nick denied the allegations and told the publication: “This accusation is categorically false, Nick is focused on his family and mourning the death of his brother.”
Claim: Nick Carter is ‘prosecuted for sexual assault’ after he allegedly assaulted a disabled fan on a tour bus in 2001, TMZ reports (pictured 2017)
Ruth claims the drink tasted “off” when she drank it and says she thinks it was a mixture of cranberry juice and alcohol.
It was claimed by Ruth that Carter took her to the bathroom on the bus and ordered her to perform oral sex on him. Ruth alleges she cried the whole time, but Carter “kept giving her instructions.”
Ruth further claims that Carter then took her to a bed on the bus and continued her alleged sexual assault.
She later claims she told Carter she would tell people about the alleged assault – but he allegedly threatened to turn people against her, allegedly calling her an ‘r****** *little b***h no one would believe.’
Alleged: Shannon Ruth, who has autism and cerebral palsy, claims the Backstreet Boys singer, now 42, invited her on his tour bus when she was 17 and assaulted (the singer is pictured in 2001)
Ruth claims she contracted a sexually transmitted infection, human papillomavirus (HPV) infection as a result of the alleged assault, having previously been a virgin.
She is now said to be seeking damages.
Carter’s younger brother, Aaron Carter, was found dead at the age of 34 in his bathtub in Lancaster, California on November 5. No cause of death has been officially declared, but he was known to have struggled with mental health issues and addictions.
DailyMail.com has contacted representatives for Nick Carter for comment.
Carter has previously faced rape allegations – which he has denied – he has never been charged with any crime.
Singer Melissa Schuman says the bander allegedly raped her in 2003.
In 2018, the LA County District Attorney’s Office announced that it would not press charges against Carter due to the statute of limitations, which expired in 2013.
Denied: A source close to Nick denied the allegations and told the publication: ‘This accusation is categorically false, Nick is focused on his family and mourning the death of his brother (pictured 2001)
Melissa, who is part of the 90s girl group called Dream, had filed the police report in February of the same year.
She claimed that in 2003 Nick pushed her into a bathroom for forced oral sex and then claimed she was raped in the bedroom.
Nick denied the rape allegations.
The Backstreet Boys star later said in a statement that he was “shocked and saddened” by the accusations.
He said: “Melissa never spoke to me while we were together or at any time because not everything we did was consensual.”
Nick added that he “has always been respectful and supportive of Melissa, both personally and professionally.”
He concluded in the statement that “this is the first time I have heard of these charges almost two decades later.” It is against my nature and everything I hold dear to intentionally cause discomfort or harm to someone.
He went on to note that they “kept recording a song and performing together.”
Melissa originally made the allegations in a November blog post.
She claimed she was ‘forced into an act against my will’ by Nick, who allegedly took her virginity when she was 18 and he was 22.
RIP: Nick’s brother Aaron Carter was found dead aged 34 in his bathtub in Lancaster, California on November 5 (pictured from his last interview)