#IStandWithNickCarter Trends Online Amid Sexual Assault Allegations

Backstreet's not back, alright?
By Amelia Merrill
Nick Carter sings into a microphone
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Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter, 42, is trending on Twitter due to sexual assault allegations. Despite the grim accusations from at least five women, the hashtag #IStandWithNickCarter was trending on Friday.

The hashtag seems to be fueled by fans five years after ’90s pop star Melissa Schuman first accused Carter. Schuman said in 2017 that Carter drugged and assaulted her when she was a teenager. Schuman was a member of the girl band Dream, best known for their hit “He Loves U Not.”

Schuman detailed her accusations against Carter in a 2017 blog post. She has since deleted the post.

The Santa Monica, Calif. police department opened an investigation into Carter in 2018 after Schuman filed a police report.

After Schuman accused Carter of assault, Carter’s Dancing with the Stars partner, Sharna Burgess, defended him online. Burgess called Carter “respectful,” “sweet,” and “understanding.”

Now, ABC has pulled a Backstreet Boys holiday special from the air amid new allegations. This week, Shannon Ruth and three Jane Does filed a lawsuit against Carter in Nevada. Ruth says that Carter drugged and raped her on his tour bus after a 2001 concert in Washington. Ruth was 17 at the time.

Ruth, who has cerebral palsy, also said that Carter called her an ableist slur as she resisted his actions.

Carter fans on Twitter have accused Ruth, Schuman, and the Jane Does of lying.

Carter made headlines last month following the untimely death of his younger brother, child pop star Aaron Carter. Aaron Carter died on November 5 at the age of 34; police have not yet released his cause of death.

Aaron Carter once accused his brother Nick of sexually assaulting a woman named Ashley Repp. Repp tweeted in 2020 that Nick Carter had abused her, Schuman, Paris Hilton, and others. Hilton follows Repp on Twitter.

In 2019, Nick Carter filed a restraining order against Aaron after Aaron allegedly threatened to kill his brother’s wife. Aaron Carter implied that the move was done in retaliation after he publicly supported his brother’s accusers.

In 2021, Aaron Carter said that his brother was trying to place him under a conservatorship.