Update: There’s footage of Nick Carter trying to get into the Hog’s Breath last night. He namedrops himself and he whines a lot in a way that’s super uncomfortable to watch. Below.
Today in depressing news that kind of seems like it was an eventuality: The Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter was arrested last night after a bar brawl in Key West, Florida. According to TMZ, the elder of the Carter brothers rolled up to the Hog’s Breath Saloon around 7 p.m. last night with his friend Michael Papayans. Both men were allegedly drunk. The bar’s employees refused to serve the pair, and that’s when things took a turn. Witnesses told authorities that one of the two inebriated men tried to sucker punch an employee, and that Papayans head-butted the manager while Carter attempted to choke a bouncer.
They lost the fight. By the time police arrived to arrest him at 8:13 p.m., Carter and Papayans had already been restrained, and Papayans was reportedly bloody from the scuffle. Carter was booked for misdemeanor battery. Sadly and/or hilariously, depending on your sense of schadenfreude, initial police reports listed Carter’s occupation as “none,” though it was later amended to “singer.”
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No word yet on how this will impact the rest of the Backstreet Boys. According to Carter’s Wikipedia page “The guys are currently are work [sic] on their 8th studio album, and plan to have the CD done by the fall of 2016, with a world tour to follow.” Sounds legit.
Correction: An earlier version of this story referred to Carter as a “former Backstreet Boy.” The Backstreet Boys are, somehow, still a thing. SPIN regrets the error.