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Backstreet Boy Nick Carter gets community service for Keys bar fight

Nick Carter speaks to Judge Ruth Becker via videoconference from jail at his Jan. 14 first appearance.
Nick Carter speaks to Judge Ruth Becker via videoconference from jail at his Jan. 14 first appearance.

The Backstreet Boy’s courtroom tour in Key West is over.

Nick Carter, the pop singer who became tabloid fodder in January after a scuffle outside a Key West bar, will complete 25 hours of community service and spend six months under court supervision to avoid trial on the misdemeanor battery charge.

Carter, 35, was due in court for trial Monday before 16th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Wayne Miller in Key West.

But the case was resolved with the pretrial intervention deal on Thursday, according to court records.

Monroe State Attorney Catherine Vogel’s office agreed to drop the battery charge as long as the pop star does the community service hours and pays court costs of $208, a $50 cost to prosecute and a $40 investigation cost.

Carter’s attorney Maggie Gutierrez couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Such agreements are offered with victims’ approval, said Assistant State Attorney Marisa Faraldo Tedesco, who handled the Carter case.

“Pretrial intervention is for someone who has a very minimal criminal history, depending on the facts of the case and circumstances of the case and the wishes of the victim,” Tedesco said.

Carter’s buddy arrested with him, Michael Papayans, 27, is still awaiting trial for the same charge, according to court records. Attorney Donald Barrett is representing Papayans.

Carter and Papayans were “heavily intoxicated” when they entered Hog’s Breath Saloon at about 7 p.m. Jan. 13, Key West police officer Daniel Blanco reported, and bartender Mark Hanna refused to serve them due to their condition.

The pair were told to leave multiple times but had to be forced out by bar security, police said.

Outside, Carter allegedly grabbed bartender Skylar Carden by the neck and punched him, while Papayans allegedly head-butted Matthew Stecher, the bar’s manager.

On Jan. 25, Carden sued Carter, claiming severe injuries from the boy band star’s blows.

The lawsuit remained pending Monday at the 16th Judicial Court in Judge Mark Jones’ section.

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