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Nick Carter has yet to confirm or deny Melissa Schuman’s claims that he raped her. Pictured: Carter attends the premiere of Gravitas Ventures’ “Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of” on Jan. 29, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Getty Images/Alberto E. Rodriguez


  • Shannon "Shay" Ruth filed a sexual battery lawsuit against Nick Carter Thursday
  • Ruth alleged that the incident happened in February 2001 after his group met with some fans
  • Carter allegedly invited Ruth to his tour bus and handed her a drink, exposed himself and raped her

Nick Carter just got sued for alleged rape in 2001.

A 39-year-old woman named Shannon "Shay" Ruth filed a sexual battery lawsuit accusing the Backstreet Boys singer of raping her and infecting her with HPV when she was only 17. The lawsuit was filed in Clark County, Nevada, Thursday.

Ruth claimed that the incident happened in February 2001 after the band's concert in Tacoma, Washington. Ruth's lawyers held a press conference at Los Angeles' Beverly Hilton Hotel and detailed the alleged assault while being live-streamed on Facebook.

Ruth identified herself as autistic and living with cerebral palsy. She accused Carter — who was 21 in 2001 — of inviting her back to his tour bus after meeting a group of fans asking for autographs after the show.

According to her, Carter handed her "a funny-tasting beverage that he called VIP juice," a mixture of alcohol and cranberry juice. He allegedly led her to the bathroom on the tour bus and exposed himself to her, telling her to "get on her knees," Variety reported.

Rush said she was a virgin, and Carter instructed her on how to proceed. She was reportedly distraught throughout the assault.

She also claimed that Carter "pushed" her onto a bed and penetrated her. She "begged him to stop," and he allegedly told her it would be their "special secret."

The alleged altercation ended with Ruth telling Carter she would tell someone about the encounter. However, Carter retaliated by bruising her arms and telling her she was a "retarded little bitch" and no one would believe her, the court filing read.

"The last 21 years have been filled with pain, confusion, frustration, shame, and self-harm that are a direct result of Nick Carter raping me," Ruth told the press alongside lawyer Mark Boskovich at the conference. "Even though I'm autistic and live with cerebral palsy, I believe nothing has affected me more ... than what Nick Carter did to me."

Boskovich also told the press that three additional "Jane Does" had similar stories to Ruth. Two of them reportedly claimed to have been infected with HPV due to Carter's attacks.

Carter denied the allegations through his lawyer Michael Holtz.

"This claim about an incident that supposedly took place more than 20 years ago is not only legally meritless but also entirely untrue. Unfortunately, for several years now, Ms. Ruth has been manipulated into making false allegations about Nick – and those allegations have changed repeatedly and materially over time," Holtz said in a statement to Variety. "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."

As for the claims from other women, Carter previously denied the sexual assault allegation from Melissa Schuman, a member of the 2000s girl group Dream. She claimed in a blog post that the boyband member raped her in a Santa Monica apartment during an off day from shooting "The Hollow" in 2002. She didn't file a case as the Los Angeles Country prosecutors determined it was already outside the 10-year statute of limitations.

Carter responded to Schuman's rape allegations expressing his shock about it.

"I am shocked and saddened by Ms. Schuman's accusations. Melissa never expressed to me while we were together or at any time since that anything we did was not consensual," Carter said.

He added that they went to record a song and perform together. Carter noted that he was "always respectful and supportive" of Schuman because he knew her personally and professionally.

"This is the first 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 added.

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Nick Carter, pictured at the premiere of Gravitas Ventures' "Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of'" on Jan. 29, 2015 in Hollywood, California, has joined the Season 21 cast of "Dancing With the Stars." Getty Images