Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys Arrested in Key West: Deputies

Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter walked out of jail in Key West, Florida, Thursday after being arrested following a fight outside a bar.

The 35-year-old was being held at the Monroe County jail, and made an appearance before a judge on a misdemeanor battery charge.

Carter jumped into a taxicab after he bonded out. He told reporters he was trying to enjoy vacation, and the truth will come out.

According to a Key West Police report, Carter was intoxicated when officers arrived Wednesday evening at the popular Hog's Breath Saloon.

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.

According to the report, once outside, Papayans head-butted one employee and Carter then grabbed a bouncer by the throat.

Papayans, 27, also was held on a misdemeanor battery charge. Jail records don't show whether either man has an attorney. 

The "Dancing With the Stars" contestant has had previous brushes with the law. He was arrest following an incident at a Florida nightclub in 2002 and in 2005 he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. After attending mandatory alcohol education classes and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, at the time, Carter told People magazine that he would never "get behind the wheel and drink again," adding that the classes were "so good for me."

Previous version of this story said Nick Carter was a former member of Backstreet Boys. 

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