Nelly rape charge

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Nelly arrested on rape charge after concert in Washington

He was booked about 3 hours after the alleged incident.


Josh Katzowitz


Posted on Oct 7, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 3:03 pm CDT

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.”

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.”

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*First Published: Oct 7, 2017, 11:32 am CDT