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Nelly arrested over rape allegation

By | Published on Monday 9 October 2017


Rapper Nelly was arrested over the weekend over allegations of rape. A woman alleges that he attacked her in Auburn, Washington, where he was performing on Friday night. Police stopped his tour bus the following morning.

A police report states that a woman made a 911 call shortly before 4am on Saturday morning, saying that she had been raped by Nelly on his tour bus. The rapper was released without charge a few hours after being arrested, but a scheduled performance in Ridgefield, Washington that evening was cancelled.

The rapper’s legal rep Scott Rosenblum said in a statement: “Our initial investigation clearly establishes this allegation is devoid of credibility and is motivated by greed and vindictiveness. I am confident, once this scurrilous accusation is thoroughly investigated, there will be no charges. Nelly is prepared to address and pursue all legal avenues to redress any damage caused by this clearly false allegation”.

On Twitter, the rapper said: “Let me say that I am beyond shocked that I have been targeted with this false allegation. I am completely innocent. I am confident that once the facts are looked at, it will be very clear that I am the victim of a false allegation”.