Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter was charged Thursday with sexually assaulting an underage fan with autism and cerebral palsy after a 2001 concert.
Shannon “Shay” Ruth, 39, filed a civil suit seeking $30 million in damages for permanent injuries.
According to Ruth, she was only 17 years old when Carter invited her on the tour bus. She said Backstreet Boy gave her a “funny-tasting drink” called VIP juice and forced her to perform oral sex in a bus bathroom.
Carter then took her to the back of the bus and raped her, she said.
“I begged him over and over again to stop,” Shay said at a press conference in Beverly Hills, California, announcing the suit. “I was so upset that I cried during the whole ordeal. After that, he called me a “backward little bh” and threatened me.
“He also said he’s going to turn people against me because he’s Nick Carter and he’s going to ruin my life,” she added.
Ruth, who is on the autism spectrum and has mild cerebral palsy, contracted HPV as a result of rape, her lawyers said.
Ruth’s defense attorneys say there are other victims.
One of the victims, identified as Doe 1, claims Carter sexually and vaginally raped her in 2003 and gave her HPV, according to a complaint filed in Clark County District Court in Nevada, where Carter lives.
Another victim, identified as Doe 2, said she and Carter had sex several times when she was 15. According to court documents, the then 23-year-old singer knew the girl’s age and he gave her alcohol.
Carter, now 43, is accused of sexually assaulting a woman, identified as Doe 3, at a house party in Key West, Florida, and Ruth’s attorneys have urged other women to come forward with information.
It was also reported in 2018 that Carter was accused of sexually assaulting a former member of the girl group Dream when she was 22; she is called the meeting a consensual dialogue.
His representatives did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment. He was not prosecuted.
Ruth’s attorney, Mark J. Boskovich, said at a news conference that “Shay has decided to prosecute Carter.” “She thinks other women are worth protecting.”
The suit comes a month after her brother, pop star Aaron Carter, 34, was found dead in a bathtub.