Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter has responded to the claims that he had allegedly raped a 17-year-old autistic girl back in 2011.

According to the 42-year-old celebrity’s attorney, Michael Holtz, the allegations are meritless and untrue per a report by Page Six.

“This claim about an incident that supposedly took place more than 20 years ago is not only legally meritless but also entirely untrue,” Holtz stated.

“Unfortunately, for several years now, Ms. Ruth has been manipulated into making false allegations about Nick – and those allegations have changed repeatedly and materially over time. No one should be fooled by a press stunt orchestrated by an opportunistic lawyer – there is nothing to this claim whatsoever, which we have no doubt the courts will quickly realize,” the legal representative of Carter added.

This comes not long after the defendant, Shannon “Shay” Ruth, held a press conference on Thursday, Dec. 8, slamming Carter for sexually assaulting her when she was just 17 years old.

“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,” Ruth stated.

The lawsuit filed comes alongside three other unnamed women who were also claiming that they were sexually assaulted by the singer.

As far as Ruth is concerned, a complaint read how Carter allegedly lured the then-17-year-old girl into his tour bus during a concert in Tacoma, Washington. The Backstreet Boy singer allegedly gave her a red-colored drink, believed to be a mixture of alcohol and cranberry juice.

Ruth, reportedly still a virgin at the time, was led to a bed on the bus where Carter would allegedly sexually assault her. Tied to that, the 39-year-old said she had contracted HPV, a sexually transmitted infection, from that encounter.

“Just because Nick Carter is a celebrity does not mean that he is excused from his crimes,” the woman concluded. “I am a survivor and always will be.”

Tied to this development, a Backstreet Boys Christmas special will reportedly no longer air on ABC, Variety reported.

The special was set to air on ABC on Dec. 14, featuring Carter, AJ McLean, Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell and Howie Dorough as they celebrate the season and perform hits from their 10th album “A Very Backstreet Christmas.”

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