Rapper Nelly was arrested early Saturday morning and charged with second-degree rape after a concert in Auburn, Washington.
According to Q13 Fox, a woman called police early Saturday morning and claimed Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr., sexually assaulted her on his tour bus. Nelly played Friday night at the White River Amphitheater, and according to the TV station, he went to Seattle after the show and returned with the woman.
TMZ was the first to report the news, and according to the website, the alleged rape occurred about 3:45am local time on Saturday morning. Nelly was taken into custody about three hours later.
Nelly is currently on tour with Florida Georgia Line and was scheduled to play a show Saturday night in Ridgefield, Washington.
Update 10:40am CT, Oct. 9: Nelly responded to allegations in series of tweets, saying that he is “completely innocent” and shocked that he’s been “targeted.”
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.— Nelly_Mo (@Nelly_Mo) October 7, 2017
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.— Nelly_Mo (@Nelly_Mo) October 7, 2017
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— Nelly_Mo (@Nelly_Mo) October 7, 2017
In other words y'all know damm well I ain't do no dumm S^*t like this..!! Love ..!!!!— Nelly_Mo (@Nelly_Mo) October 7, 2017
His lawyer, Scott Rosenblum, told USA Today: “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. 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.”