Nelly Responds to Rape Accusations

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On October 7, the rapper Nelly was arrested for second degree rape for allegedly assaulting a woman on his tour bus. He was released the same day with no charges. Following reports, Nelly addressed his arrest in a series of tweets, claiming the allegations are false:

“Nelly is the victim of a completely fabricated allegation. Our initial investigation clearly establishes this allegation is devoid of credibility and is motivated by greed and vindictiveness,” writes Nelly’s attorney Scott Rosenblum in a statement given to USA Today. “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.”

The woman who made the allegations gave a detailed report to TMZ on Sunday. She told the outlet that after meeting Nelly in a club in Washington she was invited to an after-party and was driven to the rapper’s tour bus. “She says she was in Nelly’s room with him when he tried to have sex with her and she said no,” reads the report. “She claims Nelly told her to ‘shut up’ and said he wanted to have sex with her without protection, which she says he did over her objections.”

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Hazel Cills

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