Nick Carter says he was ‘trying to enjoy vacation’ before arrest

Singer Nick Carter is surrounded by media after being released on $1,500 bond from the Monroe County Detention Center in Key West, Fla., Jan. 14, 2016. Carter was charged with misdemeanor battery.(Rob O' Neal/Key West Citizen via AP)

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter says he was just trying to enjoy a vacation when he was arrested outside a Florida Keys bar on Wednesday.

Nick Carter
This Jan. 13, 2016 photo provided by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office shows singer Nick Carter. The former Backstreet Boys singer was arrested in Florida after a fight outside a bar. (Monroe County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Carter, age 35, faces a misdemeanor battery charge after allegedly grabbing a bouncer by the throat Wednesday evening at the Hog’s Breath Saloon on Duval Street, around 8 p.m. He posted $1,500 bail Thursday.

Nick Carter arrested in Florida

The Key West Citizen reports that as he left the Monroe County Detention Center, Carter told reporters he was “just a guy trying to enjoy some vacation time” in Key West.

He added: “The truth will come out, let’s put it that way.”

According to a police report, Carter and a friend were intoxicated and aggressive when they were denied serviced and escorted from the bar.

The report says a bartender refused to serve Carter and Michael Rae Papayans of Palos Verdes Estates, California, who became agitated and aggressive. The bar’s staff repeatedly told both men to leave.

Judge Ruth Becker ordered both men not to drink alcohol or to return to the bar. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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