Nick Carter says 12 witnesses will debunk 2001 sexual assault claimsMarch 19, 2023
Nick Carter says he has a dozen witnesses to debunk claims he sexually assaulted a woman in 2001 saying her allegations are ‘factually impossible’
Nick Carter has claimed he has witnesses who will debunk a woman’s claim he sexually assaulted her back in the early 2000s.
The Backstreet Boy, 43, has filed new legal documents claiming to have a dozen witnesses who will swear the alleged victim’s charges are ‘factually impossible,’ according to TMZ.
Shannon Ruth filed suit December 2, 2022, for $30,000 in damages, accusing the Larger Than Life singer of taking her to his bus, plying her with alcohol, forcing her to perform oral sex and then raping her. The alleged incident occurred in 2001, when she was 17 and underaged.
Ruth also claims she contracted sexual transmitted infection, Human papillomavirus infection (HPV) from the alleged assault, having been a virgin beforehand.
The woman claimed she met Nick while standing in line to get autographs.
Witnesses: Nick Carter, 43, said he has filed new legal papers claiming a dozen witnesses will debunk a woman’s claim he sexually assaulted in 2001 and will swear her allegations are ‘factually impossible’ (Pictured in Los Angeles in July 2017)
She has also declared that she is autistic and has cerebral palsy.
For his part, the Billboard Music Award winner contends there was no autograph line on the day in question and that fans had no access to the busses and that fans, security personnel and a talent manager will testify to that.
The legal docs also claim a person, who was a friend of the accuser at the time, said she does not have autism or cerebral palsy.
The witness also reportedly revealed they don’t believe Shannon was at the concert.
Nick has always denied the charges, and is countersuing for $2.35 million.
It’s the amount of money he and his bandmates reportedly lost after having to cancel appearances and endorsements due to the sexual assault allegations.
He and his legal team contend that Shannon has been manipulated by a father and daughter, Jerome and Melissa Schuman, to make the false claims as an attempt to extort him.
Melissa Schuman, formerly of the group Dream, alleged she met Nick when they were making the movie The Hollow in 2002, publishing her allegations in a since deleted 2017 blog post.
Testimony: The Backstreet Boys singer said his witnesses will include fans, security personnel and a talent manager (Pictured in New York in December 2022)
Allegations: Shannon Ruth filed a lawsuit against the singer in December asking for $30,000 in damages, alleging he plied her with alcohol, forced her to perform oral sex and gave her HPV
Coached: Nick’s legal team claims Shannon is being coached by singer Melissa Schuman and her father. The Dream group member alleged Nick raped her in 2003 while she and other friends were hanging out at Nick’s house (Pictured in Los Angeles in 2016)
The actress claimed the singer raped her while they were hanging out at his home with friends in 2003.
Nick denied the claims and the Los Angeles District Attorney did not pursue a criminal case because the statute of limitations had passed, according to CNN.
The Incomplete artist also contends Shannon’s former legal team withdrew after they were presented with his information.
Countersuit: Nick has filed a countersuit for $2.35 million, the amount of money he claims the Backstreet Boys lost out on in cancelled shows and endorsements as a result of the sexual assault allegations (Pictured in New York in 2019)
At the time of the filing, Nick’s attorney, Michael Holtz, told TMZ , ‘As our Counterclaim sets out in detail, Nick has been the target of a malicious and long-running conspiracy.’
‘He has never done the outrageous things of which he has been accused;’ the attorney wrote, ‘In fact, he is the victim of a calculated and concerted disinformation campaign designed to destroy his reputation.’
‘He looks forward to setting out the truth, vindicating himself in court, and putting an end to the smears and attempted shakedowns for good.’
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