THE Backstreet Boys banded together to support Nick Carter as he stepped out to face the music after he was accused of raping a fan.
الأمريكي مغني, 42, كان accused of sexually assaulting a disabled teenager on a tour bus في 2001.
Carter was pictured seemingly in high spirits as he waved at onlookers in his first appearance since the allegations emerged.
Kevin Richardson, AJ McLean, Brian Littrell and Howie Dorough showed their support for the singer by posing for cosy pictures.
The 42-year-old appreciatively placed an arm around the shoulders of Kevin and AJ as he grinned at the camera.
They brushed off the blow from ABC, despite A Very Backstreet عيد الميلاد being due to air on December 14.
It was set to feature the group’s songs from their latest album of the same name, while a host of stars joined in with the festivities.
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The 39-year-old woman claims the star left bruises on her body during the incident on his tour bus when she was a teen.
Supported by her attorneys, she tearfully alleged that Carter, ومن بعد 20, sexually assaulted her on his tour bus when she was 17 after a Backstreet Boys gig in Tacoma, واشنطن.
She claims she was invited onto the bus after the singer spotted her waiting for an autograph before he allegedly exposed himself.
Ruth alleged the now 42-year-old then forced her to perform oral sex on him before raping her.
She claimed: “The last 21 years have been filled with pain, ارتباك, frustration, shame and self-harm that are a direct result of Nick Carter raping me.
“Even though I’m autistic and live with cerebral palsy, I believe that nothing has affected me more than what Nick Carter did and said to me.
“Carter tried to scare me into silence… he was nasty and threatening.”
She also claimed the star left “bruises on my arm”.
The last 21 years have been filled with pain, ارتباك, frustration, shame and self-harm that are a direct result of Nick Carter raping me.
Wiping away tears, هي اضافت: “I felt like I had nowhere to turn, no way to express my emotion.
“And I truly believe that if I’d told anyone I’d go to jail. I struggled with blaming myself because I got on the bus with Nick.
“My motivation with coming forward and filing this lawsuit is to stop Nick Carter from assaulting more teens and women.”
She said she “knows” other women have similar stories and her hope is to “hold Nick Carter accountable”.
Ruth’s attorney also spoke to support his client and claimed there are three other women involved – identified only as Jane Doe.
But Carter’s attorney dismissed the allegations as “entirely untrue” و “a press stunt orchestrated by an opportunistic lawyer”.
He said in a statement: “This claim about an incident that supposedly took place more than 20 years ago is not only legally meritless but also entirely untrue.
“لسوء الحظ, for several years now, آنسة. Ruth has been manipulated into making false allegations about Nick – and those allegations have changed repeatedly and materially over time.
“No one should be fooled by a press stunt orchestrated by an opportunistic lawyer – there is nothing to this claim whatsoever, which we have no doubt the courts will quickly realize.”
Carter has not made a public statement regarding the allegations at this time.
According to court documents, Ruth claims Carter offered her a drink to which she responded by requesting apple juice.
He allegedly told her he had cranberry juice and handed her a “red-colored drink” that he is said to have dubbed “VIP juice.”
Ruth said the drink tasted wrong but she drank it even though she was underage and didn’t want to – and now says she suspects it was a mix of alcohol and cranberry juice.
كارتر, هي ادعت, then took her to the bus’ bathroom and ordered her to perform oral sex on him.
She claimed she was crying during the ordeal, but he kept going.
She then described how Carter took her to a bed on the bus and continued to assault her, and after the incident, she allegedly said she’d tell people what he did.
The documents claim he told her no one would believe her while calling her a “r******d little b***h.”
The alleged victim – who was a virgin at the time according to the lawsuit – says she contracted HPV after the incident and is seeking monetary damages.
في 2017, Melissa Schuman, a former member of girl band Dream, claimed Carter sexually assaulted when she was 18 and he was 22.
He acknowledged they had sexual relations but that they were consensual and has never been charged for such crimes.
Carter’s younger brother Aaron tragically died last month aged 34.