Nick Carter talks about arrest in Key West: I’m only human

Give the guy a break!

Nick Carter spoke to Access Hollywood about his arrest after a Key West bar brawl in January.

“Things definitely don't turn out the way you plan it,” the Backstreet Boys star told the entertainment show. “We are all human, we act that way sometimes.”

The singer was booked by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office on a misdemeanor battery charge following an incident outside the fabled Hog’s Breath Saloon.

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.

So Carter is indeed getting better all the time — he’ll be a new dad any day now (it’s a boy). Wife Lauren Kitt is due in a few days. He also stars in and wrote the SyFy zombie comedy Dead 7, which premiered in Los Angeles last week with fellow cast members/ex band mates including Howie Dorough and A.J. McLean, plus NSYNC-er Joey Fatone and other ’90s-era harmonizers.


On our red carpet!! #dead7 #whiskeyjoe

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“I’m focused on the positive stuff that is happening and getting back on track.”

Carter co-wrote the theme song, In the End, to the flick, with a few of his pals.

More positive stuff: Nick confirmed to ET the boy band signed a nine-show trial-run deal with Live Nation to see if a long-term residency a la Britney Spears could happen.

“If does really well, then I think that’ll open that door and then in future we'll do it,” said Carter.

There may also be a new BB album in the pipeline. Can you dig it?

But back to the arrest: According to The Keynoter, Carter and his pal Michael Papayans were “heavily intoxicated” when they entered the bar at about 7 p.m. Jan. 13, Key West police officer Daniel Blanco reported, and bartender Mark Hanna refused to serve them drinks. They were asked to leave, and were eventually thrown out.

While on the street, Carter allegedly grabbed bartender Skylar Carden, punching him, while Papayans allegedly head-butted manager Matthew Stecher. Carden later sued Carter in Monroe County Circuit Court for “bodily injury, mental anguish, pain and suffering.” The civil suit is pending.