Nick Carter ‘being sued for sexual battery as star is accused of assaulting disabled minor, 17, in 2001 on a tour bus – leaving her with HPV’

  • A source close to Nick told the publication: ‘This accusation is categorically false, Nick is focusing on his family and mourning the death of his brother.’

Nick Carter is ‘being sued for sexual battery’ after it was claimed he assaulted a disabled fan on a tour bus in 2001, reports TMZ.

According to court documents reviewed by TMZ, Shannon Ruth, who has autism and cerebral palsy, claims the Backstreet Boys singer, now 42, invited her onto his tour bus when she was aged 17 following the band’s concert in Tacoma, Washington after spotting her waiting in the autograph line.

The legal documents state Ruth was allegedly asked if she wanted a drink – after requesting apple juice, she claims Carter offered her cranberry and gave her a ‘red colored’ drunk which he called ‘VIP juice’.

A source close to Nick has denied the allegations and told the publication: ‘This accusation is categorically false, Nick is focusing on his family and mourning the death of his brother.’ 

Claim: Nick Carter is ‘being sued for sexual battery’ after it was claimed he assaulted a disabled fan on a tour bus in 2001, reports TMZ (pictured 2017)

Ruth claims the drink tasted ‘off’ as she drank it and says she believes it was a mix of cranberry juice and alcohol.

It was claimed by Ruth that Carter took her to the bus’ bathroom and ordered her to perform oral sex on him. Ruth alleges that she was crying throughout but Carter ‘kept instructing her.’

Ruth further claims Carter then took her to a bed on the bus and and continued his alleged sexual assault.

She claims afterwards that she told Carter she would tell people about the alleged assault – but that he reportedly threatened to turn people against her, allegedly calling her a  “r******* little b***h that no one would believe.’

Alleged: Shannon Ruth, who has autism and cerebral palsy, claims the Backstreet Boys singer, now 42, invited her onto his tour bus when she was aged 17 and assaulted her (the singer is pictured in 2001)

Ruth claims she contracted sexual transmitted infection, Human papillomavirus infection (HPV) from the alleged assault, having been a virgin beforehand.

She is now said to be seeking damages.   

Carter’s younger brother Aaron Carter was found dead aged 34 in his bathtub in Lancaster, California on November 5.  No cause of death has been officially declared, but he was known to have struggled with mental health problems and addictions. 

DailyMail.com has contacted representatives for Nick Carter for comment. 

Carter has previously faced rape allegations – which he has denied – he has never been charged with any crimes. 

Singer Melissa Schuman said that the boy bander allegedly raped her in 2003.

In 2018 the LA County District Attorney’s office announced it would not press charges against Carter due to the statute of limitations, which expired in 2013.

Denied: A source close to Nick has denied the allegations and told the publication: ‘This accusation is categorically false, Nick is focusing on his family and mourning the death of his brother (pictured 2001)

Melissa, who is from the 90s girl group named Dream, had filed the police report in February that year.

She claimed that in 2003 Nick had pushed her in a bathroom for forced oral sex and then claimed she was raped in the bedroom.

Nick has denied allegations of rape.

Later the Backstreet Boys star said in a statement that he was ‘shocked and saddened’ about the accusations.

He said: ‘Melissa never expressed to me while we were together or at any time since that anything we did was not consensual.’

Nick added that he ‘was always respectful and supportive of Melissa both personally and professionally.’

He concluded in the statement that ‘this is the first time that I am hearing about these accusations nearly two decades later. It is contrary to my nature and everything I hold dear to intentionally cause someone discomfort or harm.’

He continued, noting that they ‘went on to record a song and perform together.’

Melissa originally made the allegations in a November blog post.

She claimed that she was ‘forced to engage in an act against my will’ by Nick, who allegedly took her virginity when she was 18 and he was 22.

 RIP: Nick’s brother Aaron Carter was found dead aged 34 in his bathtub in Lancaster, California on November 5  (pictured in his final interview)

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