Backstreet Boys Christmas TV show pulled after Nick Carter rape allegation

Backstreet Boys Christmas TV show pulled after Nick Carter rape allegation

BBC·2022-12-09 21:01

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Nick Carter's lawyer called the claim "legally meritless" and "entirely untrue"

By Helen Bushby

Entertainment and arts reporter

A Backstreet Boys Christmas special has been pulled by US TV network ABC following news that a woman is suing singer Nick Carter, alleging he raped her during a 2001 tour when she was 17.

A Very Backstreet Holiday was slated to run on 14 December, but is no longer listed in ABC's holiday specials guide.

On Thursday, a civil case was filed in Las Vegas by Shannon Ruth, now 39, who said she had been a fan at a 2001 show.

Carter's lawyer said it was "legally meritless" and "entirely untrue".

The news of ABC's decision to pull the festive show, which was filmed in LA this month, was reported by Variety and the Hollywood Reporter, which added that comedy repeats would be shown in its place.

Ms Ruth, who has cerebral palsy and is autistic, filed her sexual battery case on Thursday, accusing the singer of raping her and infecting her with HPV.

'False allegations'

Her lawyer Mark Boskovich told a virtual press conference the assault happened after she had queued for an autograph after a concert in Tacoma, Washington.

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