Following reports that singer Nick Carter is being sued by a lady who claims he raped her while on tour in 2001 when she was 17 years old, US television network ABC has cancelled a Backstreet Boys Christmas special.

Although it was scheduled to air on December 14, A Very Backstreet Holiday is no longer included on ABC’s roster of holiday specials.

Shannon Ruth, now 39, claimed she attended a 2001 performance as a fan in a civil lawsuit she filed in Las Vegas on Thursday.

It was “legally meritless” and “entirely untrue,” according to Carter’s attorney.

It was reported by Variety and the Hollywood Reporter that ABC had decided to cancel the holiday programme, which had just finished filming in Los Angeles, and that comedy reruns would take its place.

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Who is Nick Carter?

Nick Carter was born on January 28, 1980, in Jamestown, New York. He is a member of the American vocal group Backstreet Boys since the group came into existence in 1993. He has also released three solo albums and made occasional appearances in his own TV reality shows. 

His parents, Jane Elizabeth and Robert Carter owned a bar called Yankee Rebel in Westfield, New York. Seven years after his birth, the Carters moved to Ruskin, Florida, and managed the Garden Villa Retirement Home. Carter, long with siblings, spent most of their childhood in Florida.

Carter gave auditioned for the Backstreet Boys when he was only 12 years old. He had also auditioned for The Mickey Mouse Club and got an offer to join the group for $50,000, but he decided to go with the Backstreet Boys.  

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When the Backstreet Boys was formalized on April 20, 1993, Carter became the group’s youngest member at 13 years of age. 

Nick Carter has dated many celebrities, including Debra Lafave, Willa Ford, and Paris Hilton. He met his future wife Lauren Michelle Kitt – a fitness expert and YouTuber in 2008 and started dating. They got married on April 12, 2014, in Santa Barbara, California. The couple has one son and two daughters. 

Even though Aaron and Nick are brothers, they do not have a good relationship. They famously had a fight, after which Nick Carter was given a restraining order against Aaron Carter.