Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys countersues women who accused him of sexual assault
Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys has countersued the two women, Shannon Ruth and singer Melissa Schuman, who have accused him of sexual assault.
According to a report in People magazine, the countersuit alleges that the two women are attempting to “ruin his reputation for the purposes of garnering attention and fame and/or extorting money from Carter.”
Carter also accused Ruth and her family of manipulating Carter’s late brother, Aaron, in being involved in Ruth’s smear campaign against him during a time when Aaron was addicted to drugs.
Carter’s countersuit also alleged the women caused more than $2.3 million in business losses after Ruth’s accusation in December 2022.
Ruth, who has autism and the disability, cerebral palsy, has accused Carter of sexual battery.
According to Ruth, she was waiting in line for an autograph in 2001 after a Backstreet Boys concert when Carter invited her back to his bus.
There, he gave her a drink which he said had no alcohol, but Ruth believed it had alcohol.
Schuman, a member of the band Dream, also accused Carter of rape in 2017.
Mark J. Boskovich, an attorney for one of the women, Ruth, said, “Why should Nick Carter be believed with his long history of abusing females? A jury will weigh the evidence and decide.”
—Kimberly Tsao/MGP, GMA Integrated News
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