Backstreet Boys holiday special canceled by ABC after Nick Carter sex assault allegations

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Backstreet is not back.

ABC canceled a planned Backstreet Boys holiday special after a lawsuit accused Nick Carter of sexual assault.

“A Very Backstreet Holiday,” scheduled to air Dec. 14, will not air at all, Variety reported.

The special was supposed to feature Carter alongside bandmates Howie Dorough, AJ McLean, Brian Littrell and Kevin Richardson. Seth Rogen, Meghan Trainor, Rob Riggle and Nikki Glaser were also set to appear.

The special would’ve included the Backstreet Boys celebrating the holidays and performing songs from their 10th album, “A Very Backstreet Christmas.”

ABC did not release an official statement explaining the cancellation, but the news broke shortly after Carter was accused of sexually assaulting an autistic girl in 2001.

Shannon Ruth, who was 17 at the time and also has cerebral palsy, said she was in line to get an autograph when Carter, then 21, invited her into his tour bus.

Ruth said that Carter gave her a spiked drink and lied about its contents. He then took Ruth to a bathroom and forced her to perform oral sex, even as she was crying and asking him to stop, according to the lawsuit.

The suit said that Carter called Ruth a “r------d little b---h” who no one would believe.

Carter has denied the allegations through statements from his team.

“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,” his attorney Michael Holtz told People magazine.

It’s not the first time Carter, who is now married with three children, has faced assault allegations.

In 2018, singer Melissa Schuman accused him of raping her in his apartment in 2003, when she was 18 and he was 22. Carter denied the allegations and no charges were filed because the statute of limitations had expired.