11:56 AM PT — Ruth’s lawyer, Mark Boskovich, informs TMZ, “Why need to Nick Carter be thought with his long history of abusing women. A jury will weigh the proof and choose.”
Nick Carter states the woman accusing him of sexual battery over 21 years back — when she was a small — is intentionally dragging his name through the mud with a series of lies … and he’s now pursuing her in court for the more than $2.35 million he states she’s expense his young boy band.
The Backstreet Boys member submitted his countersuit Thursday versus Shannon Ruth. TMZ broke the story, Ruth at first sued Nick in December, declaring he sexually attacked her after a performance method back in 2001 when she was minor.
In brand-new legal docs, gotten by TMZ, Nick states he will not permit himself to be smeared by Ruth’s allegations, which he emphatically rejects, and states her claim is the conclusion of a years-long conspiracy to take him down.
Nick states Ruth has actually been coached by a daddy and child, Jerome and Melissa Schuman, to make incorrect claims about him as part of an extortion effort. He likewise blasts all 3 for attempting to make the most of the #MeToo motion.
Carter states Ruth has actually altered her story over and over … he states she at first declared she was abused by another person, then declared Nick physically abused her, and eventually implicated Nick of sexual attack. Nick states the Schumans have actually been “coaxing” Ruth to “inflate” her accusations.
Nick mentions Ruth waited years to report her sexual battery accusations, and he states an independent examination led to no criminal charges. He states Ruth attempted to obtain him through civil lawyers, who deserted her case when provided with the cold, difficult truths.
Nick states as an outcome of Ruth’s claim, The Backstreet Boys needed to cancel looks and recommendation offers — costing them more than $2.35 million.
And get this — Nick states his late sibling, Aaron Carter, was likewise dragged into the conspiracy. Nick claims Ruth and the Schumans taken advantage of Aaron prior to his death, when he was beefing with Nick and on drugs, making use of “Aaron’s fragile condition and family stresses to cloak their defamatory campaign with credibility, relentlessly and repeatedly using Aaron to try to legitimize their frivolous tales.”
But, Nick states Aaron eventually recognized he was being utilized and controlled by Ruth and the Schumans, asking forgiveness to Nick and openly mentioning the accusers were lying.
The day Aaron passed away, Nick claims Jerome Schuman tweeted … “I am sad that the chess game we started together was never finished.”
When TMZ called Nick’s lawyer, Michael Holtz, he informed us, “As our Counterclaim sets out in detail, Nick has been the target of a malicious and long-running conspiracy. He has never done the outrageous things of which he has been accused; in fact, he is the victim of a calculated and concerted disinformation campaign designed to destroy his reputation.”
Holtz continues, “He looks forward to setting out the truth, vindicating himself in court, and putting an end to the smears and attempted shakedowns for good.”
We connected to Ruth’s lawyers for remark … up until now, no word back.