Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter has filed a countersuit in opposition to two ladies who’ve accused the singer of sexually assaulting them greater than 15 years in the past.
Within the countersuit, filed on Thursday in Nevada, Carter, 43, describes his accusers as “opportunists” who’re profiting from the #MeToo motion to “defame and vilify” him for monetary achieve.
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Carter is in search of US$2.3 million in damages — the quantity the singer claims he misplaced in missed enterprise alternatives on account of a December 2022 lawsuit filed by a co-defendant who accused Carter of rape.
Within the authentic lawsuit, Shannon (Shay) Ruth mentioned Carter invited her onto a tour bus after a live performance in Tacoma, Wash., when she was 17 years previous. She claims Carter gave her alcohol and compelled her to carry out oral intercourse earlier than he raped her. Ruth additionally alleges that she contracted HPV from Carter.
Throughout a December press convention, Ruth mentioned Carter shouldn’t be excused for his alleged crime as a result of he’s a star. On the time, Carter denied the accusations.
“Carter won’t enable himself to be smeared on this method,” the singer’s new countersuit reads. “Defending one’s repute and identify by calling a liar a liar will not be sufferer blaming or bullying. It’s merely telling the reality.”
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In an electronic mail statement to Billboard, Ruth’s lawyer Mike Boskovich, mentioned, “Why ought to Nick Carter be believed together with his lengthy historical past of abusing females. A jury will weigh the proof and resolve.”
Melissa Schuman, a former member of the woman group Dream, can also be named in Carter’s countersuit. In 2017, Schuman accused Carter of sexually assaulting her in 2003 when the pair collaborated on a movie challenge. Schuman’s father, Jerome, can also be named within the counterclaim.
Carter claims the Schumans “groomed and coached” Ruth to consider she was raped by Carter.
His countersuit claims Ruth, who lives with autism and cerebral palsy, “was a weak and extremely impressionable particular person, craving consideration and determined to slot in.”
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Carter’s complaints in opposition to Ruth and the Schumans additionally allege they illegally conspired in opposition to him and used his late brother Aaron Carter as a instrument to legitimize their allegations. The youthful Carter brother, who died in November, had publicly supported Ruth and Schuman’s claims, however later withdrew his endorsement.
“The Schumans’ timing couldn’t have been higher since, on the time, Aaron was hooked on medicine, battling critical psychological well being points, and engaged in a misguided marketing campaign of retaliation in opposition to Carter and different members of his household who have been frightened about Aaron and pushing him to hunt skilled assist,” the criticism reads.
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“Within the months main as much as his latest dying, Aaron not solely apologized to Carter for his involvement within the counter-defendants’ smear marketing campaign, however publicly said that Schuman and Ruth have been liars.”
The proprietor of the Twitter account @ElaineModo can also be listed as a defendant within the countersuit. Carter, via his attorneys, claimed the account is probably going managed by Ruth and the Schumans and is used to defame him on-line.
When information of Ruth’s lawsuit broke in December, ABC determined it could no longer air the Backstreet Boys’ Christmas particular. Carter’s lawsuit claims he additionally misplaced paid contracts with MeUndies, VRBO and Roblox.
When you or somebody you recognize is experiencing abuse or is concerned in an abusive scenario, please go to the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime for assist. They’re additionally reachable toll-free at 1-877-232-2610.
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