The Backstreet Boys star was arrested after allegedly grabbing a bouncer's throat, police said

By Nick Maslow
Updated December 02, 2020 01:45 AM
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Credit: Monroe County Sheriff's Office

Nick Carter might avoid a misdemeanor battery charge for allegedly grabbing a bouncer by the throat, PEOPLE has learned.

As part of a pretrial intervention program for people with minimal criminal history, Florida prosecutors will dismiss the case in six months in exchange for 25 hours of community service and the payment of $298 in court-related fees, according to the Monroe County State Attorney’s Office. The Backstreet Boys singer, 36, will not be prohibited from drinking, but he can’t drink in excess or commit a criminal offense during the supervision period.

Prosecutors told PEOPLE the victim approved the deal, otherwise Carter would still face the charge. However, the bouncer’s civil suit continues, according to TMZ – the first outlet to report the deal. (Carter’s rep did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.)

The case stems from a bar brawl in Key West, Florida, on Jan. 13. According to authorities, a security camera captured video of Carter grabbing a bouncer’s throat after a bartender refused to serve the star and a friend and asked the men to leave.

“I’m just a guy trying to enjoy some vacation time in Key West,” he told reporters after the arrest. “The truth will come out.”

Carter apologized for the ordeal in a tweet on Jan. 23, writing, “I am human and at times it can be a struggle to balance a healthy lifestyle. I’m not perfect and for that I am sorry.”

Meanwhile, the "19 in 99" singer is expecting his first child with wife Lauren.

“My wife really wanted a boy, so I’m just happy it turned out that way,” the former Dancing with the Stars contestant told PEOPLE in November. “But we would have been happy either way.”