ABC will now not air its deliberate Backstreet Boys holiday special after a lately filed lawsuit accusing one of many band members of rape.
“A Very Backstreet Holiday” was scheduled to run Dec. 14, however has now been changed by comedy reruns, in line with The Hollywood Reporter. The particular was set to function the enduring boy band singing songs from its lately launched vacation album.
The choice reportedly got here after a lawsuit was filed Thursday accusing Nick Carter of raping a 17-year-old fan on a tour bus in 2001. The incident allegedly occurred after a live performance in Tacoma, Wash.
The civil swimsuit filed in Nevada by now 39-year-old Shannon “Shay” Ruth claims the singer selected her from a bunch of autograph seekers to hitch him on the tour bus. Ruth says she was given an alcoholic beverage referred to as “VIP juice” earlier than she was assaulted.
The lawsuit consists of alleged incidents from three different nameless Jane Does accusing Carter of comparable assaults between 2003 and 2006.
One of the three unnamed individuals was allegedly underage on the time.
In an announcement shared with Page Six, Carter’s legal professional Michael Holtz referred to as the allegations “not only legally meritless but also entirely untrue.”
Carter was accused of sexual assault in 2017 after Melissa Schuman, a former member of singing group Dream, mentioned he assaulted her in 2003 when she was 18 years outdated.
At the time, Carter denied the allegations and mentioned something he and Schuman did was consensual.
Prosecutors investigated the claims and determined to not cost Carter criminally, citing the statute of limitations having expired.
ABC has not but responded to Fox News Digital’s request for an announcement.