Aaron Carter: My Brother Nick Used My Pot Arrest For PR

By Paul Gaita 07/18/17

After his run-in with the law, the former tween idol took to Twitter to scold his older brother.

Nick and younger brother Aaron
Nick and younger brother Aaron

Less than a week after proclaiming to TMZ that he would never be caught "getting any DUIs," singer Aaron Carter was arrested for driving while intoxicated and marijuana possession.

On July 15, the former tween idol was detained by police in Habersham County, Georgia, on suspicion of driving under the influence. Carter reportedly refused to submit to a breathalyzer test and was subsequently charged with DUI, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana and possession of drug-related objects—while his girlfriend, photographer Madison Parker, was arrested and charged with a pair of drug-related charges and obstruction.

Carter, who was released on bond later that same day, issued several posts on Twitter which claimed that he had been targeted by police because of his "celebrity" and that brother Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, who had tweeted messages of support to Aaron, was using the incident as "PR."

According to his Twitter statement, Carter was in Georgia promoting his single "Sooner or Later" from his 2017 EP LøVë, and drove his car to an Auto Zone in Cornelia to fix a tire. There, he alleged that he was arrested "with aggression" by several police officers, who targeted him because of his fame and revoked his rights to have an attorney. Initially, Carter's staff issued a statement via Twitter that he would miss a concert date in Kansas City, Missouri due to "transportation issues," but media sources soon confirmed that Carter and Parker had been arrested on the misdemeanor charges.

Carter was released on bond shortly before midnight on the 15th, and appeared to issue a tweet to Parker that read, "I'm coming to get you baby." Nick Carter then posted a pair of Tweets addressed to his brother, one of which read, "I love u no matter what & if u feel the need to reach for help, I am here and willing to help you get better."

Aaron Carter responded directly to his brother's comments on July 16 by stating, "If my own blood truly cared about my well-being, why wouldn't he call me directly and have a conversation instead of making this about him through a very public forum. That's not cool at all to use me for his PR and kick me while I am down. I love my family despite it through thick and thin."

Nick Carter appeared to respond to the statement by retweeting a post from his wife, Lauren Kitt Carter, which asked Aaron to have his girlfriend text her his number "since you changed it again."

Aaron Carter, who claimed to have a medical marijuana license for anxiety, also noted in the July 16 tweet that a video from the Auto Zone would show that he was not in a moving vehicle at the time of his arrest.

Carter was previously arrested in 2008 for DUI and marijuana possession. He subsequently sought treatment for his substance use issues in 2011 at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California. Nick Carter also struggled with substance use issues, while their sister, Leslie, died from what a police report described as an overdose of prescription medication in 2012.

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Paul Gaita lives in Los Angeles. He has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, Variety, LA Weekly, Amazon.com and The Los Angeles Beat, among many other publications and websites.