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Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter arrested in Florida after bar brawl

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Singer Nick Carter attends the premiere of Gravitas Ventures'
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Singer Nick Carter attends the premiere of Gravitas Ventures' "Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of" at on January 29, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess attend ABC's "Dancing With The Stars" Season Finale hosted by The Grove at The Grove on November 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Caruso Affiliated)
A. J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell, and Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys pose with Creative Director for Balmain Olivier Rousteing (C) at the BALMAIN X H&M Collection Launch at 23 Wall Street on October 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for H&M)
(L-R) Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson attend the UK Premiere of "Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of" at Dominion Theatre on February 25, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Nick Carter and Kevin Richardson of Backstreet Boys attend the 29th Annual American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium January 9, 2002 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

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Nick Carter has reportedly been arrested after being involved in a bar brawl.

TMZ reports the former Backstreet Boys star was taken into custody by police at the Hog's Breath Saloon in Key West, Florida on Wednesday night.

Although very little information has surfaced about the alleged incident, apparently he was implicated as participating in some kind of skirmish inside the bar.

Carter has been in trouble with the law before, as he was arrested in 2002 at a nightclub and in 2005 he was apprehended by authorities for driving under the influence (DUI).

(L-R) Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson attend the UK Premiere of
(L-R) Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson attend the UK Premiere of "Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of" at Dominion Theatre on February 25, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

Carter has previously been open about his struggle with alcohol addiction and drug abuse.

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"I began drinking heavily in my teens and then moved on to drugs at 18 or 19, starting with marijuana and moving up to cocaine, ecstasy, and prescription painkillers among other substances," he wrote in his autobiography Facing the Music and Living to Talk About It.

Carter admitted his drinking and drugging became so bad, his career with the Backstreet Boys was in jeopardy.

Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess attend ABC's
Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess attend ABC's "Dancing With The Stars" Season Finale hosted by The Grove at The Grove on November 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for Caruso Affiliated)

“Kevin (Richardson) and the other BSB members saw me drinking and getting into trouble and all they could do was shake their heads," he wrote. "The guys warned me many times that my partying was out of control and that I was headed for serious trouble.”

Although Carter eventually left the drugs behind, he admitted to FOX411 in 2013 he still struggles to avoid alcohol.

"This is the thing: I am completely 100 percent drug free," he said. "I have, on occasion, been having drinks. The thing about it is, I still realise that it's an issue, and it's still a problem for me. It’s something that's not easy. I still have to go to therapy. I still have to get to the bottom of the reason why I have resorted to alcohol.

"I'll go for a couple of months without a drink, and then I'll drink. But for the most part it's a struggle and I'm winning the battle and trying to understand what causes someone to fall back on alcohol, something that's been in my life for a very long time."

Nick Carter and Kevin Richardson of Backstreet Boys attend the 29th Annual American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium January 9, 2002 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Nick Carter and Kevin Richardson of Backstreet Boys attend the 29th Annual American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium January 9, 2002 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

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