Nick Carter: Backstreet Boys star files counterclaim against two sexual assault accusers
Nick Carter has filed a countersuit against two women alleging he was sexually assaulted.
In December, the Backstreet Boys singer was sued for sexual harassment by Shannon Ruth, a woman who alleges Carter raped her in 2001 when she was a teenage fan of his.
Carter was accused of rape in 2017 by Dream singer Melissa Schuman, who claimed the incident happened when she was 18 and he was 22.
Carter, who previously denied the allegations, is now suing both Ruth and Schuman.
Court documents obtained by People magazine allege that the women are “opportunists” bent on “destroying innocent lives” by capitalizing on the #MeToo movement.
The lawsuit states that Ruth and Schuman created a five-year conspiracy to “defame and defame Carter and otherwise ruin his reputation in order to gain attention and fame and/or extort money from Carter.”
Ruth’s allegations are said to have caused more than $2.3 million in business losses in December. The countersuit also states that Carter believes he never met Ruth.
“Just as true victims of sexual assault have the right to seek justice and to be heard, so those falsely accused of sexual assault have the right to due process and to defend themselves by telling the truth,” according to the court documents.
In response to news of the countersuit, Ruth’s attorney, Mark J. Boskovich, told Page Six, “Why would Nick Carter be believed? … A jury will weigh the evidence and decide.”
Schuman’s lawyers could not be reached by the publication.
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In her lawsuit, Ruth alleges she was sexually assaulted by Carter after he invited her onto his tour bus after a Backstreet Boys show in Washington.
Ruth, who is autistic and has cerebral palsy, claims Carter gave her a pink drink he called “VIP juice” that tasted like alcohol before insisting she perform oral sex on him. Court documents then allege Carter raped Ruth, who says she contracted HPV after the incident.
In a statement, Carter’s attorney, Michael Holtz, vehemently denied any wrongdoing on behalf of his client, saying that Ruth “was manipulated into making false allegations about Nick.”
He said: “This allegation about an incident that allegedly took place more than 20 years ago is not only legally unfounded but also completely false.”
In 2017, Carter was also accused of rape by Schuman of the band Dream, who claimed he raped her in his apartment while the two were working on a TV movie together.
Carter denied the allegations at the time, saying he was “shocked and saddened” by the allegations.
“Melissa never said to me that anything we did was not consensual while we were together or at any other time,” he said.
Carter was a founding member of the Backstreet Boys when they formed in 1993.
Last November, Nick’s worried younger brother, rapper and former child pop star Aaron Carter, was found dead at his Hollywood home after suffering a suspected drug overdose.
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