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Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter is facing a new allegation that he raped a 17-year-old girl on a bus during the boy band’s Black & Blue concert tour in 2001.
Accuser Shannon “Shay” Ruth filed a s*xual assault lawsuit Thursday in Clark County, Nevada, alleging that Carter picked her out of a line of autograph-seeking fans at the Tacoma Dome in Washington and invited her to join him in her tour bus when she was an unsuspecting virgin.
Ruth, who says she lives with autism and cerebral palsy, alleges that Carter, who would have been 21 at the time, gave her a pink drink called “VIP juice” that tasted like alcohol, ordered her to get on her knees and pulled her pants down. . and insisted that she perform oral s*x on him. She alleges that he gave her instructions on how to proceed even though she was crying.
Ruth, now 39, alleges that Carter, who faced a similar allegation in the past that was not prosecuted, took her to a bed, “pushed” her down and forcibly removed her pants when she resisted. Carter then allegedly attempted to orally copulate Ruth as she “begged him to stop,” the lawsuit obtained by Rolling Stone states.
“Carter said ‘Shh!’ while he lay on top of her and said it would be our ‘special secret,'” the filing continues, alleging that Carter vaginally penetrated Ruth.
“The last 21 years have been filled with pain, confusion, frustration, shame and self-harm that are the direct result of Nick Carter raping me,” Ruth said at a news conference with her attorney Mark Boskovich in Beverly Hills on Thursday. .
“Even though I am autistic and living with cerebral palsy, I don’t think anything has affected me more… than what Nick Carter did to me,” Ruth said, fighting back tears.
She claimed that Carter became “unpleasant and threatening” when she told him that she was going to report the incident. “After he raped me, I remember him calling me a ‘retarded bitch’ and grabbing me and leaving bruises on my arm,” she said.
“Carter tried to scare me into shutting up,” she claimed, saying he told her he would “turn people against me because he was Nick Carter and he had the power to ruin my life.”
“I felt like I had nowhere to go,” she said. “I really believed that if I told anyone, I would go to jail.”
Carter denied the allegations in a statement issued by his attorney late Thursday.
“This claim about an incident that allegedly took place more than 20 years ago is not only without legal merit, but is also completely false,” the statement from attorney Michael Holtz reads. “Unfortunately, for several years, Ms. Ruth has been manipulated into making false accusations about Nick, and those accusations have repeatedly and materially changed over time. No one should be fooled by a press stunt orchestrated by a opportunistic lawyer: there is nothing at all to this claim, which the courts will no doubt quickly pick up on.”
The lawsuit comes after Melissa Schuman, a former member of the teen pop group Dream, came forward in 2017 and accused Carter of s*xually assaulting her in 2003, when they were filming the 2004 TV movie “The Hollow.” when she was 18 years old.
Los Angeles County prosecutors investigated Schuman’s claim and ultimately declined to file a case, saying the allegation fell outside the 10-year statute of limitations.
In a blog post that is no longer active, Schuman said Carter invited her and a friend of hers to her Santa Monica residence for an “informal meeting.” Schuman said that she was also a virgin at the time and that Carter allegedly poured drinks on her and then took her to the bathroom where she performed oral s*x on him despite her protests.
“I told him to stop, but he didn’t. So I turned off the light in the bathroom so I wouldn’t see anything. She kept turning the light back on because she told me she wanted to look at me,” she wrote.
“I am shocked and saddened by Ms. Schuman’s allegations. Melissa never expressed to me while we were together or at any time since that everything we did was non-consensual,” Carter said in a statement to Rolling Stone at the time. “This is the first time I have heard of these allegations, almost two decades later. It is contrary to my nature and everything I hold dear to intentionally cause someone discomfort or harm.”
The new lawsuit filed Thursday also alleges that three women identified only as Jane Does accused Carter of similar behavior. He claims that Jane Doe 2 was a 15-year-old girl at the time of the alleged abuse of her in 2003 and says that she contracted HPV from Carter, an allegation also made by Ruth.
Jane Doe 1 also alleges abuse of her in 2003, and Jane Doe 3 alleges that Carter s*xually assaulted her at a house party in Key West, Florida, in 2006.