Nick Carter is accused of raping disabled minor in 2001


A disabled woman who alleges Nick Carter raped her on a tour bus in 2001 when she was a minor aged 17 sobbed during a press conference on Thursday announcing her lawsuit against the star.

Shannon ‘Shay’ Ruth, now 39, who has autism and cerebral palsy, claims the Backstreet Boys singer, now 42, invited her onto his tour bus when she was 17 following the band’s concert in Tacoma, Washington after spotting her waiting in the autograph line. 

A sobbing Ruth detailed her  ‘pain, confusion, frustration, shame and self-harm’ brought on by the alleged rape and claimed Carter ‘threatened and tried to silence her’ in the immediate aftermath.

Ruth’s attorney Mark J. Boskovich, who joined her at the podium, said three other women – named only as Jane Doe – are named in a joint lawsuit alongside Ruth. 

Ruth said after she was allegedly invited onto the tour bus, Carter asked if she wanted a drink – after requesting apple juice, she claims Carter offered her cranberry and gave her a ‘red colored’ drunk which he called ‘VIP juice’.

Alleged victim: A disabled woman - Shannon Ruth- who alleges Nick Carter raped her on a tour bus in 2001 when she was a minor aged 17 sobbed during a press conference on Thursday announcing her lawsuit against the star

Alleged victim: A disabled woman – Shannon Ruth- who alleges Nick Carter raped her on a tour bus in 2001 when she was a minor aged 17 sobbed during a press conference on Thursday announcing her lawsuit against the star

Claim: Ruth, now 39, who has autism and cerebral palsy, claims the Backstreet Boys singer, now 42, invited her onto his tour bus when she was 17 following the band's concert in Tacoma, Washington - before raping her  (pictured 2017)

Claim: Ruth, now 39, who has autism and cerebral palsy, claims the Backstreet Boys singer, now 42, invited her onto his tour bus when she was 17 following the band’s concert in Tacoma, Washington – before raping her  (pictured 2017)

Ruth claims the drink tasted ‘off’ as she drank it and says she believes it was a mix of cranberry juice and alcohol.

It was claimed by Ruth that Carter took her to the bus’ bathroom and ordered her to perform oral sex on him. Ruth alleges that she was crying throughout but Carter ‘kept instructing her.’

Ruth further claims Carter then took her to a bed on the bus and and continued his alleged sexual assault.

She claims afterwards that she told Carter she would tell people about the alleged assault – but that he reportedly threatened to turn people against her, allegedly calling her a  “r******* little b***h that no one would believe.’

She said: ‘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.

‘Even though I’m autistic and live with cerebral palsy, I believe that nothing has affected me more or had a more lasting impact on my life than what Nick Carter did and said to me.

Alleged: A sobbing Ruth detailed her 'pain, confusion, frustration, shame and self-harm' brought on by the alleged rape and claimed Carter 'threatened and tried to silence her' in the immediate aftermath (the singer is pictured in 2001)

Alleged: A sobbing Ruth detailed her ‘pain, confusion, frustration, shame and self-harm’ brought on by the alleged rape and claimed Carter ‘threatened and tried to silence her’ in the immediate aftermath (the singer is pictured in 2001)

Press conference: Ruth's attorney Mark J. Boskovich, who joined her at the podium, said three other women - named only as Jane Doe - are named in a joint lawsuit alongside Ruth

Press conference: Ruth’s attorney Mark J. Boskovich, who joined her at the podium, said three other women – named only as Jane Doe – are named in a joint lawsuit alongside Ruth

She alleged: ‘After he raped me, I remember him calling me a r******* little b***h and grabbing me and leaving bruises on my arm.  

She added: ‘Carter tried to scare me into silence … he was nasty and threatening.’

‘He told people he would turn people against me and because he was Nick Carter, he had the power to wreck my life.’ 

She said she was motivated to speak out to ‘stop’ Carter from “assaulting more teens and women.’ 

Ruth claims she contracted sexual transmitted infection, Human papillomavirus infection (HPV) from the alleged assault, having been a virgin beforehand.

She is now said to be seeking damages. 

She said:’Just because Nick Carter is a celebrity does not mean that he is excused from his crimes,. I am a survivor and always will be.

He said: ‘Nick Carter has a long history of abusing women’ and added adding that the music industry has allegedly ‘looked away’ in the past

He said: ‘Shay is determined to bring Carter to justice. She believes it’s worth it to protect other women.’

A source close to Nick has denied the allegations and told the publication: ‘This accusation is categorically false, Nick is focusing on his family and mourning the death of his brother.’ 

Carter’s younger brother Aaron Carter was found dead aged 34 in his bathtub in Lancaster, California on November 5.  No cause of death has been officially declared, but he was known to have struggled with mental health problems and addictions

DailyMail.com has contacted representatives for Nick Carter for comment. 

Carter has previously faced rape allegations – which he has denied – he has never been charged with any crimes. 

Singer Melissa Schuman said that the boy bander allegedly raped her in 2003.

In 2018 the LA County District Attorney’s office announced it would not press charges against Carter due to the statute of limitations, which expired in 2013.

Denied: A source close to Nick has denied the allegations and told the publication: 'This accusation is categorically false, Nick is focusing on his family and mourning the death of his brother (pictured 2001)

Denied: A source close to Nick has denied the allegations and told the publication: ‘This accusation is categorically false, Nick is focusing on his family and mourning the death of his brother (pictured 2001)

Melissa, who is from the 90s girl group named Dream, had filed the police report in February that year.

She claimed that in 2003 Nick had pushed her in a bathroom for forced oral sex and then claimed she was raped in the bedroom.

Nick has denied allegations of rape.

Later the Backstreet Boys star said in a statement that he was ‘shocked and saddened’ about the accusations.

He said: ‘Melissa never expressed to me while we were together or at any time since that anything we did was not consensual.’

Nick added that he ‘was always respectful and supportive of Melissa both personally and professionally.’

He concluded in the statement that ‘this is the first time 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 continued, noting that they ‘went on to record a song and perform together.’

Melissa originally made the allegations in a November blog post.

She claimed that she was ‘forced to engage in an act against my will’ by Nick, who allegedly took her virginity when she was 18 and he was 22.

RIP: Nick's brother Aaron Carter was found dead aged 34 in his bathtub in Lancaster, California on November 5  (pictured in his final interview)

 RIP: Nick’s brother Aaron Carter was found dead aged 34 in his bathtub in Lancaster, California on November 5  (pictured in his final interview)



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