Nick Carter recordsdata countersuit in direction of his rape accuser

Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter has countersued a woman who accused the singer final 12 months of assaulting her in 2001 and infecting her with HPV.

Shannon “Shay” Ruth filed a civil sexual battery lawsuit in direction of Carter in December. In a counterclaim filed Thursday in Clark County District court docket in Nevada, the musician — exact identify Nickolas Carter — accused the lady of being an “opportunist” who took benefit of the #MeToo movement and conspired with a earlier accuser and her father to defame and extort him.

In 2017, singer Melissa Schuman of the lady group Dream accused Carter of raping her inside the early 2000s, however prosecutors declined to file expenses as a end result of the statute of limitations had expired. Carter denied raping Schuman.

“Carter will not allow himself to be smeared on this style. defending one’s fame and identify by calling a liar a liar is simply not sufferer blaming or bullying. it is merely telling the exact actuality,” the singer’s attorneys wrote inside the submitting, obtained Thursday by The occasions.

When Ruth filed her lawsuit, she and her authorized workforce held a information convention on the Beverly Hilton resort and accused the Backstreet Boy of assaulting her and infecting her with human papillomavirus when she was 17 and he was 21. The alleged assault, she mentioned all by the information convention, occurred in 2001 after a Backstreet Boys live performance in Tacoma, Wash.

Carter and his attorneys alleged inside the mannequin new counterclaim that Ruth’s lawsuit was “the end end result of an approximate 5-12 months conspiracy orchestrated by [Ruth, Schuman and her father, Jerome Schuman] to harass, defame and extort Carter.” They mentioned her lawsuit was additionally “launched and bolstered by the #MeToo movement.”

The objective of the alleged conspiracy was to intrude with “Carter’s enterprise alternatives and dealings for the objective of extorting money from Carter, garnering consideration and fame, and/or holding their names inside the limelight,” the countersuit mentioned.

Carter’s submitting included a itemizing of social media posts, collectively with tweets linked to the trio, that recognized as Carter a serial rapist and predator and unfold the hashtag #BSBCoverUp.

Since Ruth filed her lawsuit, Carter and the Backstreet Boys have misplaced greater than $2 million as a outcomes of current cancellations and misplaced endorsement presents from entities equivalent to ABC, “Good Morning America,” VRBO and Roblox, the counterclaim mentioned.

Carter additionally accused the Schumans of grooming and teaching Ruth, “coaxing her to inflate her preliminary declare of being abused by the palms of a third-social gathering, to being bodily abused on the exact palms of Carter, and, lastly, to being sexually assaulted by Carter.”

The countersuit hones in on 5 completely different cellphone studies Ruth made to Tacoma police over the span of virtually a 12 months in 2019 and 2020. The studies have been stuffed with “pretty a pair of discrepancies and inconsistencies,” which led authorities in Tacoma to not pursue expenses in direction of Carter, court docket paperwork mentioned.

Carter and his attorneys say the altering story is proof that Ruth was groomed and informed what to say by the Schumans.

The countersuit additionally alleges the Schumans “exploited” Nick Carter’s youthful brother, Aaron Carter, who struggled with behavior and substance use. Aaron Carter was used to “legitimize their frivolous tales” however finally recanted his involvement, the doc mentioned.

Nick Carter mentioned inside the doc that earlier than his brother’s dying final November, Aaron Carter apologized to him for his involvement with Ruth and the Schumans and recognized as them “liars.”

“Why ought to Nick Carter be believed collectively with his prolonged historic previous of abusing females. A jury will weigh the proof and resolve,” Ruth’s legal professional Mark Boskovich mentioned Thursday in an digital mail assertion to The occasions.

Ruth mentioned when she filed the lawsuit that after the alleged assault, Carter informed her nobody would contemplate her story. She mentioned she started slicing herself.

“I felt like I had nowhere to level out, no approach to exact my feelings, ache and confusion besides by hurting myself,” she mentioned in December. “and that i actually believed that if I informed anyone, i might go to jail.”

“although I’m autistic and stay with cerebral palsy, I contemplate that nothing has affected me extra or had a extra lasting influence on my life” than the alleged assault, she added.


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