Nick Carter performs with the Backstreet Boys at NYC Jingle Ball concert amid rape allegations

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 09: The Backstreet Boys preform during Z100's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2022 show at Madison Square Garden on December 09, 2022 in New York City.  (Photo by Kevin Kane/WireImage)

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 09: The Backstreet Boys preform during Z100’s iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2022 show at Madison Square Garden on December 09, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Kane/WireImage)

Nick Carter took the stage at iHeartRadio Jingle Ball concert in New York on Friday, in the middle rape allegations and charges against him.

Matching all-white ensembles, the 42-year-old singer performed alongside his street boys group mates Kevin Richardson, AJ McLean, Brian Littrelland Howie Dorough at Madison Square Garden.

Together, the group sang some of their classic hits, including “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” and “I Want It That Way”, as well as a cover of Bang!It’s “Last Christmas”.

Doua Lipa, Dove Cameron, Demi Lovato, Lizzo, Charlie Puth and Max values were among other performers who joined the boy band at the annual holiday event.

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Singer Nick Carter of The Backstreet Boys attends the Marvel's Hulkbuster Armor Wax Figure Unveiling at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas at The Venetian Las Vegas on February 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Singer Nick Carter of The Backstreet Boys attends the Marvel’s Hulkbuster Armor Wax Figure Unveiling at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas at The Venetian Las Vegas on February 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Earlier this week Carter was sued by a woman named Shannon Ruth, who alleged she was 17 when Carter sexually assaulted her on his tour bus after a concert in 2001, when he was 21 , according to documents obtained by PEOPLE.

The accusation prompted ABC to cancel the Backstreet Boys Christmas special, titled Top secret vacationwhich was to air on December 14, Variety reported.

The special was to feature Carter and his bandmates, as well as Seth Rogen, Meghan Trainor, Rob Riggle and Nikki Glaser, among others. The band were to perform songs from their recently released 10th album, A Very Clandestine Christmas.

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A source close to Carter has since denied the allegations, and Michael Holtz, a lawyer for the singer, added in a statement sent to PEOPLE: “This claim about an incident that allegedly took place over 20 years ago is not only without legal basis, but also completely false.”

Holtz continued: “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 sudden press orchestrated by an opportunistic lawyer – there is nothing to that claim, which we have no doubt the courts will quickly realize.”

Ruth, who has autism and cerebral palsy, claims in her lawsuit that she was waiting in a line for autographs after a Backstreet Boys show in Tacoma, Washington, when Carter invited her on his bus.

The singer asked Ruth if she wanted a drink, and when she asked for apple juice, he gave her a red-colored drink he called “VIP juice,” according to the complaint. Although Carter said the drink was cranberry juice, Ruth believes it also contained alcohol.

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Ruth claims that Carter then took her to the bathroom and asked her to give him oral sex. Subsequently, the singer allegedly continued to sexually assault her on a bed. Ruth claimed she was a virgin before the encounter and contracted HPV afterwards.

In 2017, Carter was accused of rape by former teenage pop singer Melissa Schuman, who was 18 at the time.

Carter denied Schuman’s claims, saying everything that happened between them was “consensual”. It was never charged with a crimeand the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office dismissed the case in 2018, citing an expired statute of limitations.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or go to rainn.org.

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