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Backstreet Boys ABC Special Canceled After Nick Carter Allegations

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Content Warning: This story is about sexual assault.

The Backstreet Boys‘Holiday Special’ will no longer air on ABC.

Top secret vacation was removed from ABC’s schedule, E! can confirm, and instead, comedy rehearsals will air in its place. The news comes a day later Nick Carter was prosecuted for sexual assault on December 8, but his lawyer Michael Holtz has since denied the allegations in a statement.

The special was scheduled to air on December 14 and would have featured Carter with other members AJ McLean, Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell and Howie Dorough as they performed hits from their album “A Very Backstreet Christmas”. Star Companions Seth Rogen, Meghan Trainor, Rob Riggle, Nikki Glaser, Ron Funches and Atsuko Okatsuka should also appear.

In court documents filed Dec. 8 and obtained by E! News, applicant Shannon “Shay” Ruth, who has autism and cerebral palsy, sued Carter for sexual assault and willful and negligent infliction of emotional distress. In the lawsuit, Ruth, who was 17 at the time, alleged Carter invited her onto his tour bus after meeting him in the autograph line at a Backstreet Boys concert in February 2001. .

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