Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter has been arrested after a drunken brawl - but that hasn't stopped him from taking a great police photo.

Carter, one of the founding members of the boy band, was jailed in Key West, Florida, on a charge of battery after he allegedly punched a bouncer at a bar, police have revealed.

Carter, 35, got into the altercation on Wednesday night after bartenders at the Hog's Breath Saloon refused to serve alcohol to him and a companion and asked them to leave because they appeared to be "heavily intoxicated", according to an arrest report.

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Carter allegedly punched one of the bouncers and Michael Papayans of California head-butted the bar manager, the report said. Papayans, 27, also was charged with battery.

Police said a video of the altercation, plus physical evidence and witness statements, confirmed that Carter committed the battery.

Carter is due in court for a first appearance on Thursday afternoon, and bond will likely be set, said Key West police spokeswoman Alyson Crean.

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The pop singer rose to fame as a teenager in the mid-1990s as a member of the boy band, which formed in Florida in 1993.

The Backstreet Boys went on to sell more than 130 million albums worldwide and score hits including I Want It That Way and Shape of My Heart.