Nick Carter denies explosive claims he raped a fan when she was underage in 2001.
“This claim about an incident that allegedly took place more than 20 years ago is not only without legal basis, but also completely false,” the Backstreet Boys member’s attorney, Michael Holtz, said in a statement obtained by Page. Six.
“Unfortunately, for several years now, Ms Ruth has been manipulated into making false claims about Nick – and those claims have changed repeatedly and materially over time. No one should be fooled by a press stunt orchestrated by an opportunistic lawyer – there is nothing to that claim, which we have no doubt the courts will quickly realize.
Shannon “Shay” Ruth held a press conference Thursday, during which she slammed Carter, 42, for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was just 17.
“Even though I have autism and live with cerebral palsy, I believe nothing has affected me more or had a more lasting impact on my life than what Nick Carter did and told me” , said the 39-year-old man, with tears in his eyes.
“After he raped me, I remember him calling me a ‘horny bitch’ and grabbing me and leaving bruises on my arm.”
Ruth also filed a lawsuit Thursday alongside three unnamed women – identified only as Jane Does – who also claimed Carter sexually assaulted them.
According to a copy of the complaint obtained by Page Six, the pop star allegedly lured Ruth onto her tour bus after a concert in Tacoma, Wash., and offered her a red-colored drink, which she now believes was a mixture of alcohol and cranberry juice.
Carter then allegedly took his young fan, who was a virgin at the time, to a bed on the tour bus, where he allegedly continued to sexually assault her.
Ruth also claimed during her press conference on Thursday that she contracted HPV, a sexually transmitted infection, following her meeting with Carter.
“Just because Nick Carter is a celebrity doesn’t mean he’s excused from his crimes,” the woman concluded. “I am a survivor and always will be.”