Members of *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys and More Speak Out in New Documentary ‘The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story’
Lou Pearlman is the man behind *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys. He's also the perpetrator of one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in American history. Now, his story is being told by those who were directly affected by the con man in a new YouTube documentary. The first trailer for The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story came out today (March 13) and features interviews from *NSYNC's Lance Bass, Chris Kirkpatrick and JC Chasez, BSB's A.J. McLean, O-Town's Ashley Parker Angel, Aaron Carter, and Justin Timberlake's mother, Lynn Harless, among others.
“Things were going great for us, this was going to be our first check presentation,” Bass says in the trailer. “I open up the envelope, I see the check and oh my gosh, my heart sunk. I couldn’t believe the number I was looking at.”
“Something isn’t adding up. Lou’s getting paid. Promoters are getting paid," McLean adds. "Never in a million years thought a person that I entrusted my life with could do something like this. And then to find out how many other people this thing that he did affected.”
Pearlman was eventually arrested and sentenced to 25 years in prison for multiple felony charges. He died in jail while awaiting surgery after suffering cardiac arrest in August 2016.
The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story premiered at SXSW today, ahead of its April 3 release on YouTube. Watch the trailer below.