January 7, 2002 11:34

NICK - I SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN NICKED

The star says he's done "nothing wrong" following his arrest in an alleged drunken nightclub brawl...

NICK - I SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN NICKED
Backstreet Boys Nick Carter has protested his innocence following his arrest in an alleged drunken nightclub brawl.

Carter, who was arrested in Tampa, Florida during the early hours of last Wednesday (January 2) at the Pop City nightclub, has released a statement claiming he was arrested simply because he was famous.

"I have done nothing wrong," he said. "My arrest at Pop City nightclub last night was a result of simply moving too slow. I was attempting to comply with an officer's request to leave a club when I was detained and given a citation."

He added, "I truly believe my celebrity motivated the officer to arrest me. I am certain that after a full investigation of the facts my name will be cleared."

Carter was arrested and handcuffed after allegedly refusing police orders to leave the club. He was later released after being charged with resisting or opposing a law enforcement officer without violence.

After police arrived at the nightclub to break up the fight, Carter allegedly became involved in a row with a woman at the venue. The singer's arrest report states that police told him to leave the venue more than ten times before arresting him.

Carter, who is the group's youngest member, is due to appear in court on March 4.

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