January 09, 2002 01:00 PM

Attempting to address some of the unanswered questions surrounding his arrest last week in a Tampa, Fla., nightclub, Backstreet Boys Nick Carter, 21, claimed he was simply “in the wrong place at the wrong time.” Carter, speaking to MTV News during Tuesday’s edition of “Total Request Live,” also said that he was arrested after a fight in which he did not take part. Police reportedly had arrested five patrons responsible for a ruckus inside the Pop City nightclub when they observed Carter, a resident of nearby Marathon, Fla., involved in a loud argument with an unidentified woman. Carter was charged with a misdemeanor count of resisting/opposing a law enforcement officer without violence, then released on his own recognizance, according to a police spokesperson. He is due in court March 4. (The offense carries a sentence of up to one year in jail and a $500 fine.) “I ain’t a bad person,” Carter, the youngest Backstreet Boy, told MTV. “I’ve never been in trouble my whole life . . . I was basically in tears almost.” Police said that before his arrest they had instructed Carter to quiet down more than 10 times and he refused. They then issued an ultimatum for him to “leave by the count of three.” When Carter did not heed their order, he was handcuffed, placed in a police car and booked. “I can’t get too into it,” said Carter to MTV, “but basically I can tell you I did not do anything wrong, and I know that for a fact . . . If I disrespected a cop in any way, I, you know, apologize.” “TRL” host Carson Daly, 28, congratulated Carter over the incident. “You’re in the Backstreet Boys. This inevitably will be a great thing for your career,” said Daly, as quoted by the Associated Press. “I’ve been busted in strip clubs. We’re men. That’s what we do.”

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