February 03, (THEWILL) – American singer and member of the singing group, Backstreet Boys, Nick Carter, is fighting back against two women, who allegedly claimed that they were raped by him more than 15 years ago.
The singer has filed a countersuit against Shannon Ruth, who sued him in December for alleged sexual battery.
He is also suing Melissa Schuman, a former teen pop singer with the girl group, Dream, who accused him of rape in 2017.
The countersuit is Carter’s attempt to clear his name.
“Just as true victims of sexual assault have the right to seek justice and be heard, so too do persons falsely accused of sexual assault have the right to due process of law and to defend themselves by speaking the truth,” the suit states.
The countersuit revealed that the two women took advantage of the #MeToo movement and used it to launch a five-year conspiracy to defame and vilify Carter and ruin his reputation to garner attention and fame or extort money from him.
The two women were described as opportunists, who set out to destroy innocent lives and caused more than $2.3 million in business losses after the December accusation.
Ruth’s attorney, Mark J.B, questioned the singer’s integrity and asked why Carter should be believed with his long history of abusing females.
He added that a jury will weigh the evidence and decide the truth.
Schuman, now 38, said in 2017, that Carter allegedly raped her while the two were working on a project together in the early 2000s.
She wrote on her website at the time and stated that she was invited to Carter’s home and the two began kissing in the bathroom before he performed oral sex on her despite her objection. She was 18, and he was 22 years old at the time.
Despite allegedly telling Carter that she was a virgin and waiting until marriage to have sex, Carter allegedly led her to his bedroom, where she claims that he raped her.
In December, Ruth announced she was suing Carter during a press conference.
Ruth, who has autism and cerebral palsy, claimed she was waiting in an autograph line after a 2001 Backstreet Boys show in Tacoma, Washington when Carter invited her to his bus.
“The singer allegedly asked Ruth if she wanted a drink, and when she requested apple juice, he gave her a red-coloured drink he called VIP juice,” the documents claimed.
Though Carter allegedly said the beverage was cranberry juice, Ruth believes it also contained alcohol.