Backstreet Boys singer and onetime “Dancing With the Stars” contestant Nick Carter was arrested in Florida Wednesday evening after he was allegedly involved in a scuffle outside a bar.
The 35-year-old boy-band member was reportedly intoxicated before Key West police officers arrived at the Hog’s Breath Saloon, according to the Associated Press. The trouble apparently began when a bartender refused to serve Carter and California man Michael Rae Papayans, 27, allegedly because both men were already intoxicated.
When the bartender asked them repeatedly to leave, Carter and Papayans became “agitated” and “aggressive,” the AP reported. But when the men exited the bar, Papayans allegedly head-butted on employee as Carter seized a nearby bouncer by his throat, the report stated.
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Carter is being held at the Monroe County jail, where he awaits his first appearance for a charge of misdemeanor battery, according to WTVJ-TV. Papayans is also being held on a charge of misdemeanor battery, and it remains unclear whether Carter or Papayans have hired attorneys.
This incident does not mark Carter’s first run-in with the law — he was arrested in 2002 at a Florida nightclub and in 2005 for charges concerning driving under the influence, WTVJ reported. Carter subsequently attended mandatory alcohol education classes, as well as Alcoholics Anonymous events.
Carter was a founding member of the Backstreet Boys when it formed in Orlando in 1993, alongside A.J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Kevin Richardson, and Brian Littrell. Carter and his wife, Lauren Kitt, announced in November that they were expecting their first child together, according to E!Online.
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