Cornell Haynes Jr., known as Nelly, was arrested in Auburn, Washington on Saturday after a woman told police he sexually assaulted her in his tour bus. The rapper was later released without charges.
Auburn police spokesman Commander Steve Stocker told the Associated Press that Nelly, 42, was arrested at 4:37 a.m. in his bus, which was parked outside a Walmart. According to a press release from the Auburn Police Department, the alleged assault occurred not long after Nelly performed at a nearby show. Hours earlier, at 12:23 a.m., after the performance show and before his arrest, he tweeted, “its (sic) really you against the whole world because the whole world don’t know you exist.”
The “Hot in Herre” star was arrested on suspicion of second-degree rape, which means the victim was allegedly incapable of consent whether due to being physically helpless or mentally incapacitated.
In an email, the performer’s attorney 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."
Nelly also addressed the accusations on Twitter.
This wasn’t the star’s first run in with the law. In 2015, he pleaded guilty to marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to E! News.
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