Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter was accused Thursday, December 8, of raping an underage autistic girl on a bus back in 2001, during the boy band’s Black & Blue worldwide concert tour.

The lawsuit has been brought on against the singer by Shannon “Shay” Ruth, the alleged victim during a press conference held on Thursday. The victim emotionally broke down in a Facebook Livestream and revealed tearfully that when she was just 17 years old, Carter had sexually assaulted her.

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“The last 21 years have been filled with pain, confusion, frustration, shame, and self-harm that are a direct result of Nick Carter raping me,” The victim, who is now 39 years old, alleged. “Even though I’m autistic and live with cerebral palsy, I believe that nothing has affected me more or had a more lasting impact on my life than what Nick Carter did and said to me.”

She has filed a sexual battery lawsuit in Clark County, Nevada, claiming Carter picked her out of a line of fans at the Tacoma Dome in Washington on the night of the incident and invited her to join him on his tour bus. At the time, she was a virgin.

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The victim has described the incident in the lawsuit. She said that he led her to a bed before pushing her down and forcefully removing her pants. Carter then allegedly attempted to perform oral sex on her  as she “begged him to stop.” “Carter told her to ‘Shh!’ as he laid on top of her and said it would be our ‘special secret,’” the filing stated. Carter then allegedly proceeded to have sexual intercourse with her.

Ruth then further alleged, “After he raped me, I remember him calling me a ‘retarded bitch’ and grabbing me and leaving bruises on my arm.” She also added that Carter tried to threaten her when she said she will be reporting the incident. “Carter tried to scare me into silence,” she claimed, saying he told her “he’d turn people against me because he was Nick Carter and had the power to wreck my life.”