The special, which was originally set to hit airwaves on Wednesday, December 14, will ultimately be replaced with comedy re-runs, it was reported.
The Network’s decision to axe the special comes one day after Shannon “Shay” Ruth, 39, sued Carter for sexual battery, alleging the singer raped her, infecting her with sexually transmitted infection HPV, after a February 2001 Backstreet Boys concert in Tacoma, Wash., when she was just 17 years old.
Ruth, who is autistic and has mild cerebral palsy, per her attorney, said that Carter invited her back to his tour bus after the performance, offering her “a funny-tasting beverage that he called VIP juice” — a mixture of cranberry juice and alcohol. The singer then purportedly led her into the bathroom, where she said he sexually assaulted her.
The musician, now 42, was 21 years old at the time of the incident.
“Carter tried to scare me into silence by saying no one would believe me if I told what happened,” Ruth recalled of the incident during a press conference in Los Angeles, Calif., on Thursday, December 8. “He was nasty and threatening, saying I was going to jail if I told. He also said he’d turn people against me because he was Nick Carter and he had the power to wreck my life.”
“Carter took away my childhood and my innocence, but he cannot and will not take away my strength or my truth. I am a survivor and always will be,” Ruth continued, noting that she came forward to “stop Nick Carter from doing this to somebody else.”
According to Ruth’s attorney, Mark Boskovich, a probe into her story found that the star may have done similar acts to other fans.
“I'm hoping other women will come forward and stand with Shay since Nick Carter apparently has a long history of sexual assaults,” he said during the press conference.
Shortly after the conference, Carter’s attorney, Michael Holtz, issued a statement denouncing Ruth’s allegations as “not only legally meritless but also entirely untrue.”
“Unfortunately, for several years now, Ms. Ruth has been manipulated into making false allegations against Nick, and those allegations have changed repeatedly and materially over time,” the attorney explained.
“No one should be fooled by a press stunt orchestrated by an opportunistic lawyer,” he continued. “There is nothing to this claim whatsoever, which we have no doubt the courts will quickly realize.”
Variety reported on ABC’s choice to scrap the special amid the allegations against Carter.