Nick Carter Charged With Battery on Florida Bar Bouncer

Backstreet Boys’ Carter and friend accused of misdemeanor

Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter and a friend were arrested on misdemeanor battery charges after an altercation with a bouncer in Key West, Florida, police told TheWrap.

Police said that Carter and Michael Papayans walked into the Hogs Breath bar Wednesday night appearing intoxicated. One of the bartenders, Mark Hanna, refused to serve the two due to their level of intoxication, and Carter and Papayans became aggressive, police said.

The bouncers of the bar asked them to leave. Once Carter and Papayans were outside, one of the men threw a punch toward a bouncer, and Carter later threw “what appeared to be a punch” toward a bouncer, police said. The incident was captured on video.

According to the police report, Papayans had blood on his face, hands, and knees, and had a contusion on the right side of his face, a swollen lip and abrasions on his knuckles and knees.

Carter and Papayans were each charged with a single count of misdemeanor battery.

Carter was still in custody as of Thursday morning. His representatives have not yet responded to TheWrap’s request  for comment.

This isn’t the first time Carter has been in trouble with law enforcement — in 2005, he pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Santa Ana, Calif. He later told People the arrest was “so good for me” and that he attended mandatory Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

The Backstreet Boys formed in 1993. Carter has also released three solo albums.

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