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A damning documentary, to be aired Monday night, accuses Lou Pearlman, the man who helped create some of the most successful boy bands of all time, of sexually assaulting the young men he worked with.
The allegations are made in an upcoming episode of ‘Vanity Fair Confidential,’ where Journalist Bryan Burroughs, who investigated all claims made against Pearlman, talks about the troublesome relationship the boy band impresario, who went by “Big Poppa,” allegedly had with some of these young men.
“The music managers who worked for [Lou] said, ‘Look at every band. Every band has one guy who takes it for Lou, who gets along with Lou, so perhaps he’ll stay off the others,’” he explains in the clip.
In the Vanity Fair special Bryan claims that for the Backstreet Boys, “Lou’s guy” was allegedly Nick — the band’s youngest member.
“You heard a lot of things about Nick and his relationship, his friendship with Lou,” he says. “I spent a lot of time talking with his mother, Jane, who very much did not want to talk — but said very clearly, quote, ‘Something happened between Nick and Lou,’ that nearly broke up their whole family.
“And she used the term ‘sexual predator’ about Lou Pearlman.”
When asked about the allegations shortly after the original ‘Vanity Fair’ story exposed the claims in 2007, Nick Carter took a stand against those speaking out against Lou.
“There’s a lot of people who maybe were involved in our stuff in the past who want to take an opportunity maybe because they are a little bitter, you know, maybe because of where they are right now,” Nick told MTV at the time.
“And they tend to, like, throw us under the bus, you know what I mean? Because of where we are right now… Because we’ve all gone through stuff together, it just feels, like, it’s unfortunate that people have to talk because they have nothing else to talk about.”
Though Lou is still behind bars, serving a 25-year prison sentence for orchestrating a Ponzi scheme, he spoke to ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ in January 2014 and denied the claims.
“You know, the accusations that came out in that article, none of it was substantiated,” he told ‘THR’ at the time. “Nobody who I’ve made a success has ever accused me of anything negative like that. The ‘Vanity Fair’ piece interviewed only people that had a grudge.”
For more on the allegations, tune into ‘Vanity Fair Confidential’ episode ‘Mad About the Boys’ airing Monday, March 16 at 10 p.m. on Investigation Discovery.