THE BACKSTREET Boys have been hit by scandal again after Nick Carter was accused of raping an autistic underage fan.
The boy band’s ABC Christmas special was canceled after the allegation was recently made public, but this isn’t the first time controversy has plagued the much-loved group.
There have been previous rumors that Lou Pearlman was using the Backstreet Boys to lure people into a huge Ponzi scheme.
The American Backstreet Boys singer can’t avoid chaotic situations as the ’90s star is being sued by now 39-year-old Shannon “Shay” Ruth.
Ruth claims Carter bruised her in the incident on his tour bus when she was 17.
The woman is suing the singer for sexual harassment, court filings obtained by Page Six show.
ABC will no longer air the Backstreet Boys’ holiday special ‘A Very Backstreet Holiday’ due to allegations Ruth revealed, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The pop band’s Christmas special was scheduled for December 14 before the program canceled it.
“This allegation of an incident that allegedly took place more than 20 years ago is not only legally baseless but also completely false,” Michael Holtz, attorney for Nick Carter, told TMZ.
“Unfortunately, Ms Ruth has been manipulated into making false allegations about Nick for a number of years and these allegations have repeated and materially changed over time,” he added.
“No one should be fooled by a press stunt orchestrated by an opportunistic lawyer – there is no truth to that claim and we have no doubt the courts will be quick to recognize it.”
Ruth, who has autism and cerebral palsy, was asked if she would like a drink after being invited by Carter onto his tour bus after a Backstreet Boys concert in Tacoma, Washington, according to documents.
She claimed she asked for apple juice, and Carter reportedly told her he had cranberry and gave her a “red drink.”
Ruth said the drink tasted to taste and that Carter called it “VIP juice.”
She said she drank it so as not to be rude but now believes it was a mix of alcohol and cranberry juice.
The singer then took Ruth into the bus’ toilet and asked her to perform oral sex on him, she claims.
Ruth said she cried during the act but he allegedly continued to lecture her.
Carter allegedly took her to a bed on the bus afterwards and continued to sexually assault her, according to Ruth.
After the incident, she claimed she told him she would tell people what he had done, but he threatened to turn others against her, TMZ reported.
She claims that he called her a “re***** little bitch” that no one would believe and that she was a virgin before the attack.
The former producer of American boy bands Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC Pearlman was found guilty in 2007 and sentenced to 25 years in prison before dying in federal custody in 2016.
The superstar producer has been charged with conspiracy, money laundering and false bankruptcy proceedings.
* NSYNC’s Lance Bass told ABC News that while the boy band achieved tremendous success, he and his bandmates were only paid $35 a day, which was earmarked for their daily rations.
Underpaying his famous boy band members wasn’t the only scheme Pearlman was running at the time, as he reportedly formed a group of “businesses” that he claimed to own and operate.
According to Distractify, he used boy band fame to attract investors to those companies.
Pearlman would bring investors into the studio where they would find the Backstreet Boys or *NSYNC recording or rehearsing, former Backstreet Boys manager Johnny Wright told 20/20.
“They drive to his office, which was pretty impressive,” Wright said.
“Then when you walk through the door, he’s on the phone with Barry Gordy or whoever. ‘Oh yes, we’re closing this deal. Do not worry.'”
He added, “It’s all real to a certain extent because of the success of the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC.
Wright once said he spoke to one of Pearlman’s assistants when he was considering an investment.
“He said, ‘Johnny, I’m loyal to Lou, but I like you too…if you ask me the right question, I won’t lie to you.’ And I said to him, ‘I don’t need to hear anything else. I’m not giving you my money,'” Wright said. “I left his office. I never invested in that.”
Meanwhile, according to a central Florida federal prosecutor named Roger Handberg, Pearlman had taken out enormous bank loans — about 30 of them totaling $190 million.
Turns out he was behind one of the most profitable Ponzi schemes of all time, laundering more than $1 billion, which eventually landed him in jail after racking up more than $300 million in debt.
Just a month before the latest allegations leading to the cancellation of the Backstreet Boy Christmas special, Nick Carter had just opened up about the shocking death of his younger brother Aaron.
The singer took to Instagram to share a little about how he felt after Aaron’s death.
Alongside various throwback and childhood photos of the duo, he wrote, “My heart was broken today.”
“Although my brother and I had a complicated relationship, my love for him never waned.
“I’ve always held onto the hope that one day he would somehow find a healthy path and eventually find the help he so desperately needed.
“Sometimes we want to blame someone or something for a loss.”
He continued in his post, “But the truth is, addiction and mental illness are the real villains here. I will miss my brother more than anyone will ever know. I love you, chizz.”
On November 5, The US Sun confirmed that Aaron had passed away at the age of 34.
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