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Nick Carter given community service over bar brawl

The popstar is alleged to have struck and choked a bartender.

Nick Carter
Nick Carter
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NICK CARTER, A singer with the Backstreet Boys, has agreed to do 25 hours’ community service for his role in a bar room brawl.

Carter (35) was due to stand trial on Monday on a misdemeanor battery charge for his role in the January melee, but he reached a deal with prosecutors to drop the charges in exchange for the community service and payment of about $300 (€265) in court costs.

The Miami Herald wrote that Carter is alleged to have struck and choked the bartender during the fight at the Hog’s Breath Saloon in Key West, Florida.

Carter allegedly became aggressive after the bartender refused to serve him and a friend, who were already inebriated when they arrived at the establishment.

‘Pain and suffering’

The bartender, Skylar Carden, reportedly has also filed a civil complaint seeking damages for “pain and suffering” after sustaining injuries in the attack.

The Backstreet Boys achieved international fame in the 1990s with songs like I Want It That Way, Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) and Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely. After a break, the band reunited and are currently working on a new album.

Carter appeared on the US television show Dancing with the Stars last year.

© AFP 2016

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