NOT TRUE. Rapper Nelly is accused by a woman of raping her inside a tour bus, which the rapper said was not true. Screengrab from Instagram/@derrtymo
LOS ANGELES, USA – Grammy Award-winning rapper Nelly was arrested Saturday, October 7, after a woman accused him of raping her in his tour bus, police in the northwestern state of Washington said.
Just before 4 am local time (1100 GMT), a woman called the emergency 911 line "to report that she was sexually assaulted by a male, who is known as the rapper 'Nelly,'" police in Auburn, Washington said.
After police investigated the incident, "at 4:37 am Nelly was taken into custody and booked" at the local jail, the police statement read.
The alleged assault reportedly took place on the tour bus hours after Nelly had performed at the White River Amphitheater just east of Auburn.
A lawyer for Nelly vehemently denied the charges.
Nelly – born Cornell Haynes Jr – "is the victim of a completely fabricated allegation," his lawyer Scott Rosenblum told Agence France-Presse 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," he added.
According to TMZ, Nelly, whose schedule has him performing Saturday evening with country duo Florida Georgia Line in the city of Ridgefield, a two-hour drive to the south of Auburn, was booked on a charge of second-degree rape.
The 42-year-old has received 12 Grammy nominations and won 3 Grammy awards, including for best rap solo performance in 2003.
Following the report, his manager Juliette Harris told USA Today that Nelly will miss his show in Ridgefield and that he was released without being charged.
Nelly took to Twitter to speak out on the accusation.
"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," he said.
"I do want to apologize to my loved ones for the embarrassment and for putting myself in a situation where I could be victimized by this false and defaming allegation.
"I also want to thank my fans for their unwavering support. They know me. I assure you I will be vindicated. And I assure you, I will pursue every legal option to address this defaming claim. Thank you.
"In other words y'all know damm well I ain't do no dumm S^*t like this..!! Love ..!!!!
"To be absolutely clear. I have not been charged with a crime therefore no bail was required. I was released , pending further investigation."
A native of Austin, Texas, he grew up in St Louis, Missouri. His first 3 albums, released between 2000 and 2004, were all US number ones. – with reports from Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com