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Who is Shannon Ruth? Nick Carter accused of raping underage autistic fan in 2001

Who is Shannon Ruth? Nick Carter accused of raping underage autistic fan in 2001

A disabled woman who claims Nick Carter raped her on a tour bus in 2001 when she was 17 years old sobbed during a press conference announcing her lawsuit against the star, who has denied the allegations.

Shannon Ruth, now 39, who has autism and cerebral palsy, claims in her lawsuit that the Backstreet Boys singer, now 42, invited her onto his tour bus when she was 17 after seeing her waiting in the autograph line after the band’s concert in Tacoma, Washington in February 2001.

Who is Shannon Ruth? Nick Carter accused of raping underage autistic fan in 2001
Shannon Ruth (pictured centre)- who alleges Nick Carter raped her on a tour bus in 2001 when she was a minor aged 17

Ruth claims the actor pulled down his pants and exposed himself to her in a bathroom before forcing her to perform oral sex on him and raping her.

Ruth detailed the alleged incident’s ‘pain, confusion, frustration, shame, and self-harm,’ and claimed Carter ‘threatened and tried to silence her’ in the aftermath.

Ruth’s attorney, Mark J. Boskovich, stated that three other women, identified only as Jane Doe, are named in a joint lawsuit with Ruth.

According to court documents obtained by TMZ, Ruth claims she was invited onto the tour bus, Carter asked if she wanted a drink, and after requesting apple juice, she claims Carter offered her cranberry and gave her a’red colored’ drink he called ‘VIP juice.’

Who is Shannon Ruth? Nick Carter accused of raping underage autistic fan in 2001
Nick Carter is being sued for sexual battery by a fan for an alleged 2001 incident on the Backstreet Boys’ tour bus

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

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

‘The last 21 years have been filled with pain, confusion, frustration, shame, and self-harm as a direct result of Nick Carter raping me,’ she explained.

‘Even though I am autistic and have cerebral palsy, I believe that nothing has had a greater impact on my life than what Nick Carter did and said to me.

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.

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)

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 sexually transmitted infection, Human papillomavirus infection (HPV) from the alleged assault, having been a virgin beforehand.

She is now 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.

Who is Shannon Ruth? Nick Carter accused of raping underage autistic fan in 2001
Lawsuit: Shannon Ruth (pictured centre) – who alleges 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

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.’

Following the allegations, the Backstreet Boys Christmas special that was filmed this month in Los Angeles has been cancelled, according to Variety.

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

Aaron Carter, Carter’s younger brother, was found dead in his bathtub in Lancaster, California on November 5. There was no official cause of death given, but he was known to have struggled with mental health issues and addictions.

Carter’s lawyer, Michael Holtz, told DailyMail.com on Thursday that the allegations were “completely false.”

Claim: It comes after Carter, 42, was accused of raping a 17-year-old girl during the band's 2001 tour (Carter pictured 2017)

‘This claim about an incident that allegedly occurred more than 20 years ago is not only legally meritless, but also completely false,’ he said.

‘Unfortunately, for several years now, Ms. Ruth has been manipulated into making false allegations about Nick – and those allegations have changed repeatedly and materially over time,’ Holtz said.

‘No one should be fooled by a press stunt orchestrated by an opportunistic lawyer – there is nothing to this claim whatsoever, which we have no doubt the courts will quickly realize,’ he added.

Carter has remained silent on the allegations, but on Thursday, hours before the allegations surfaced, he shared a post promoting a charity concert for Aaron.

source:summarybio.com