Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter charged with raping autistic minor
The singer Nick Carter, a member of the youth band Backstreet Boys, was sued this Thursday in a court in Beverly Hills, United States, for an alleged violation and physical assault on a 17-year-old autistic fan following a concert during the group’s tour in 2001.
The woman, who goes by the name of Shannon “Shay” Ruth (39 years old), gave a press conference after formalizing the demand and added that he presented her along with three other victims who preferred to remain anonymous but who also denounce having been raped by Carter while being minors.
“The last 21 years have been filled with pain, confusion, frustration, shame, and self-harm that are the direct result of Nick Carter raped me,” Ruth said with tears in her eyes as she recalled the event.
The narrated incident occurred after she attended a show of the Backstreet Boys in the city of Tacoma, United States, and the artist will invite her to get on the bus when he sees her queuing up to sign an autograph.
What came next, according to the plaintiff’s testimony, was a situation in which Carter forced her to drink alcohol and took her to a bed inside the bus where she physically assaulted and raped her.
“After raping me, I remember that he called me a ‘retarded bitch’ and that he grabbed me and left bruises on my arm,” Ruth explained, adding that she was a virgin at the time, that she was infected with the virus. human papilloma virus and that the other three plaintiffs denounced the same situation.
The victim concluded her statements by alleging that, although it is “autistic and cerebral palsy“, the event with Carter was “what has most marked” his life.
Ruth was supported at the press conference by her lawyer, Mark Boskovich, for whom the aim of the lawsuit is to “prevent” Nick Carter from “assaulting more teenagers and women” and show that the music industry “can’t keep looking the other way”.
“We hope that anyone else who has been sexually assaulted by Carter calls or emails us,” Boskovich settled.
In 2017, the musician He was also accused of rape by the singer Melissa Schuman, a former member of the Dream group, in an event that would have occurred two decades earlier but ultimately did not have criminal consequences for Carter.
This latest complaint comes just a month after the body of his younger brother, Aaron Carter, was found lifeless inside a bathtub in a house located in the municipality of Lancaster, United States. (EFE)