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Backstreet Boy Nick Carter Gets Drunk And Fights In Bar

nick-carter-arrested-bar-fightBackstreet’s back — all right! Well, not so much “back” as “back in the news.” It’s been a hot minute since a 90’s boy band has made an appearance in headlines (Justin Timberlake excluded). But Backstreet Boy Nick Carter isn’t in the news for something cool or exciting, like a reunion with the boys. Nope, we’re hearing his name once more because the 35-year-old Backstreet Man got wasted and fought a bunch of people at a bar in Key West.

What Happens When You Tell A Backstreet Boy “No?”

“You get what’s coming to you” is maybe how Nick Carter might respond to that question, based on his reaction to a bartender in Key West not serving him and his bro, Michael Papayans.

According to police reports, Carter and Papayans were already drunk when they got to the Hog’s Breath Saloon. If you’ve ever been drinking at a bar before, you’ve probably seen someone get turned down by a bartender if they’re deemed too intoxicated. It’s a reasonable thing done by establishments that serve alcohol — you know, so people who are already sloshed don’t get further obliterated and hurt somebody driving home. The practice saves countless lives, protects drunk people from damning themselves to a DUI, and is just common decency.

But drunk people don’t like it when something gets in the way of them and their good time. They like it even less when they get called out on being too drunk. Nick Carter friggin hated it. He got pissed. NOBODY turns down a Backstreet Boy.

Police officials, speaking on behalf of the bar’s surveillance footage, state that Carter hit a bouncer on purpose and Papayans did likewise to a manager. Some sources allege that he choked the guy. He and Papayans were aggressive because the bartender wouldn’t serve them, and the punches started flying when the drunk men were asked to leave. They were promptly apprehended by Key West police and tossed in the clink. No medical attention was required.

Booze, Battery, and Bail

Some of Carter’s protests were recorded by police body cameras before he and Papayans were whisked away to island jail. Highlights include:

“Bro, those guys punches us like five times,”


“He kept punching me and kept punching me, and I was saying I wanted to leave.”

We’ll see what the surveillance footage has to say about drunk Carter’s explanations. His supposed friend, Michael Papayans, pretty much threw him under the bus immediately:

“I did not do anything. I was trying to get my friend to stop and they tackled me like they were fucking Navy Seals or something.”

And maybe they were, Michael, maybe they were. But you and your Backstreet Bro are still looking at those misdemeanor battery charges. Nick Carter himself made bail Thursday afternoon, and a local news reporter managed to get a lovely quote out of him between the jail and the taxi.

“Nick, did you choke the bouncer?” the reporter asked.

“You know,” Nick said, “I’m just a guy trying to enjoy some vacation time down here in Key West.”

And that, dear readers, is how you answer a question.

Liquor Liability: Hog’s Breath Saloon Did Good

Bars, restaurants, and other establishments that sell alcohol have to be wary of a little thing called liquor liability. If customers get wasted and proceed to do something stupid and illegal, they can file damages against the place where they got drunk by claiming that they were “over-served.”

It doesn’t matter if such a crime happens far from the bar or restaurant. In the eyes of the law, it’s the responsibility of alcohol servers to ensure that customers aren’t a danger or liability. Since drunk people can’t always be expected to have the sharpest reasoning skills, it’s the duty of their host to make sure that they stop when they’ve had enough to drink.

In the case of Nick Carter and Michael Papayans, the Hog’s Breath Saloon did exactly the right thing by turning the two away. If they hadn’t, and a fight had still occurred, then they might have found themselves not only facing charges for liquor liability, but also lightening the battery charges placed on Carter and Papayans. When it comes to serving alcohol, whether at a bar or even at a house party, it’s always best to be cautious when determining who’s had enough to drink.

How To Fight Liquor Liability Charges:

When you’re charged with a crime related to liquor liability, your best bet is to seek legal representation immediately. Evidence can be hard to gather in cases like this and the fallout can be crippling, so it doesn’t pay to take chances — especially if you want to keep your liquor license.

At Turner Law Offices, P.C., our team of attorneys has years of experience working with clients across a wide range of liquor liability cases. Whether you’re the accused or pressing charges yourself, we know the best means of pursuing a satisfactory resolution. Call today, or go online to set up your Free Initial Consultation, and meet with a skilled lawyer who’s ready and waiting to get you on track toward the justice you deserve.

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