Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter was arrested and jailed in Key West, Florida, on a charge of battery after he punched a bouncer at a bar, police have revealed.
Carter, 35, got into the altercation on Wednesday night after bartenders at the Hog’s Breath Saloon refused to serve alcohol to him and a companion and asked them to leave because they appeared to be “heavily intoxicated”, according to an arrest report.
Carter punched one of the bouncers and Michael Papayans of California head-butted the bar manager, the report said.
Papayans, 27, also was charged with battery.
Police said a video of the altercation, plus physical evidence and witness statements, confirmed that Carter committed the battery.
Carter is due in court for a first appearance on Thursday afternoon (local time), and bond will likely be set, said Key West police spokeswoman Alyson Crean.
The pop singer rose to fame as a teenager in the mid-1990s as a member of the boy band, which formed in Florida in 1993.
The Backstreet Boys went on to sell more than 130 million albums worldwide and score hits including I Want It That Way and Shape of My Heart.