Rapper “Nelly” has reportedly been arrested for allegedly raping a woman on Saturday morning. The woman called 911 to report that she had been sexually assaulted and specified the rapper as her attacker.
Nelly, 42, is supposed to appear on stage Saturday night in Ridgefield, Washington, as the rapper is on tour with Florida Georgia Line.
After a performance in White River Amphitheater in Auburn, Washington on Friday night, police responded to the allegations against Nelly, placing him under arrest at around 4:30am Saturday.
According to TMZ, the alleged rape occurred Saturday morning at 3:48 AM. A woman made a 911 call, saying “that she was sexually assaulted by a male, who is known as the rapper ‘Nelly,'” according to an Auburn Police Department press release. Some reports indicate the alleged assault occurred on the rapper’s tour bus.
Nelly was reportedly booked on second degree rape charges Saturday morning at around 7 AM.
Nelly’s lawyer, Scott Rosenblum, says the allegation is false.
“Nelly is the victim of a completely fabricated allegation,” Rosenblum said in an emailed 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.”
Nelly is a three-time Grammy winner, well known for a hit song called “Hot in Herre,” which won the best male rap solo performance Grammy in 2002.
Police arrest rapper Nelly after a woman said he raped her, an accusation the Grammy winner’s attorney denies. https://t.co/43y8oU4BeV
— The Associated Press (@AP) October 7, 2017
Nelly was arrested and charged with second-degree rape after a woman accused him of assaulting her on his tour bus https://t.co/TI5HbStoHT
— JAE (@AshleyJAE_) October 7, 2017
— Variety (@Variety) October 7, 2017
Okay…. I need a min to talk about how mf creepy Nelly was tonight. pic.twitter.com/428ojaAKpr
— Christine Nefzger (@violanefzger) October 7, 2017
Twitter: “We need to start taking sexual assault claims seriously!”
also Twitter: “I just refuse to believe that Nelly raped someone.”
— john (@280_charactersb) October 7, 2017
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