“Backstreet Boys” member Nick Carter got arrested and charged with battery after being involved in a bar fight in Florida on Wednesday.
Carter was arrested along with a friend, Michael Papayans, after the two were cut off by a bartender at Hog’s Breath Saloon in Key West and then they allegedly got physical, the Miami Herald reported.
The two guys were refused service around 7 p.m. because they were “heavily intoxicated,” according to a police report obtained by the newspaper. Carter and Papayans then “became agitated and aggressive” and refused to leave the bar despite multiple requests.
The fight reportedly happened outside the bar after the two were escorted out by security.
The “Dancing with the Stars” veteran was accused of grabbing a bartender by the neck and punching him, while his friend accused of head-butting the establishment’s manager.
In this video posted on YouTube by the City of Key West, Carter can be heard telling the police, “My name is Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys. I’m a f*** singer.” He can also be heard yelling, “I wanted to sing! That’s all I wanted to do. I wanted to go on the microphone and sing.”
According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office website, Carter spent the night in jail and his bail was set at $1,500. In his mug shot, Carter listed his occupation as singer.
Both Nick and Papayans were charged with misdemeanor battery. In Florida, a first-degree misdemeanor is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine, LA Times wrote.
According to Miami Herald, this is not the first time Carter had brushes with Florida authorities.
On May, 29, 2001, the singer ran his 45-foot Sea Ray aground in Knight Key Channel near the Seven Mile Bridge. Federal authorities said about 3,762 square feet of seagrass were damaged. In 2012, Carter paid a fine of $30,573 to finance restoration of the grass bed.
Nick is one of the original members of “Backstreet Boys,” which celebrated its 20th anniversary last summer with a ninth new album and a reunion tour, USA Today noted. The group also put out a music documentary, titled “Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of.”