Nick Carter Accused of Raping Underage Autistic Fan in 2001

The Backstreet Boy previously faced rape allegations from two other women.

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(Note: This story contains discussion of graphic sexual content.)

It’s probably been a minute since you’ve heard the name Nick Carter. Now it appears it’s just as well you didn’t.

The Backstreet Boy is facing one of the more heinous accusations imaginable: raping an underage fan, who has autism, in 2001. While it was a tabloid, Page Six, that broke the news, the reporting appears legit. And the suit comes after Carter previously faced rape allegations from two other women.

Nick Carter Faces Horrific Accusations — Again

Attorneys for the accuser, Shannon “Shay” Ruth, held a press conference on Wednesday that lasted almost 20 minutes. A video capturing it appeared on Facebook Live shortly thereafter.

Now 39 years old, Ruth also spoke at the briefing, as Page Six noted.

“The last 21 years have been filled with pain, confusion, frustration, shame and self-harm that are a direct result of Nick Carter raping me,” she said.

“After he raped me, I remember him calling me a ‘re—-ed bitch’ and grabbing me and leaving bruises on my arm,” Ruth continued. “Even though I’m autistic and live with cerebral palsy, I believe that nothing has affected me more or had a more lasting impact on my life than what Nick Carter did and said to me.”

Ruth reportedly added that Carter, 42, tried to silence her and that she didn’t report the alleged abuse earlier because she thought it could send her to jail. The incident allegedly occurred on the Backstreet Boys’ tour bus after Ruth tried to get his autograph.

While Carter is very active on social media this week, he doesn’t appear to have responded to the accusations in the lawsuit.

This isn’t the first time Nick Carter has faced such allegations. Five years ago, former Dream singer Melissa Schuman accused him of raping her in 2002 and alleged that his legal team silenced her.

According to The Guardian, Shuman said she came forward after yet another woman accused the singer and one of his friends of sexually assaulting her in 2006. She was 18 years old at the time — three years younger than Carter

Carter reportedly denied those claims, saying “anything we did [was] consensual.”

Nick Carter’s Sad State of Affairs Gets Even Worse

While there would never be “good timing” for someone to air such accusations, the lawsuit does enter into Carter’s life at an especially painful period.

On Nov. 5, his younger brother, Aaron Carter, died in his home in Southern California. He was 34.

The cause of death is yet to be announced.

Nick Carter issued a statement on his Instagram account the day after Aaron’s death.

“My heart is broken. Even though my brother and I have had a complicated relationship, my love for him has never ever faded,” the statement read.

“I have always held on to the hope that he would somehow, someday want to walk a healthy path and eventually find the help that he so desperately needed,” he continued. “Sometimes we want to blame someone or something for a loss, but the truth is that addiction and mental illness is the real villain here. I will miss my brother more than anyone will ever know.”

Accordingly, Nick Carter will perform at a benefit concert raising awareness about mental health issues. It will be held Jan. 18 in West Hollywood, California. All proceeds will go to On Our Sleeves, an organization centered on children’s mental health.

Before that happens, on Wednesday ABC will air a Backstreet Boys holiday program that will subsequently stream on Hulu and Disney+. The title of the special is A Very Backstreet Christmas.

READ MORE: “Nick Carter Denies Allegations of Rape From Former Teen Pop Singer

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  1. Aaron carter called his brother a rapist on a video before he died. I love how this article talks about how Nick cared for his brother Aaron Carter, but never that he called him out at as being a rapist before he got “suicided” Aaron said he was trying to be silenced and people wanted him dead, then all of a sudden… suicide. Sure… right. Nick is dirty and all his fans don’t want to admit it.

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