LATEST: Pop singer Nick Carter broke down in tears during a reunion with his Backstreet Boy bandmates in Los Angeles on Friday (30JUL04) - after he was quizzed over ex-lover Paris Hilton's shocking bruises.

The ALL I HAVE TO GIVE hitmaker has rubbished speculation that he was responsible for Hilton's injuries, which were discovered after she was spotted with a swollen lip and bruised arms at Hollywood's Concord Club last Wednesday (28JUL04).

The couple split on 22 July (04) following a seven month romance which many believed would end in marriage.

Carter struggled to regain his composure as he and bandmates Aj Mclean, Howie Dorough and KEVIN RICHARDSON worked on new material at a recording studio. He finally snapped after a passer-by berated him over the alleged incident.

He ran to his car and was photographed sobbing with his head in his hands.

One onlooker tells website POPSTARINSIDER.COM: "Suddenly it got very intense. I won't go there with what happened, but the situation was sad. Next things we knew, Nick was in his car crying. I was about to cry too!"

Hilton has refused to confirm Carter's explanation that she received the injuries during an S+M photoshoot.

02/08/2004 14:05