The college student who accused Nelly of raping her on his tour bus earlier this month wants her case dropped. The 21-year-old woman no longer wants to testify in court.
The woman’s lawyer, Karen Koehler, said her client contacted police and a prosecutor’s office on Friday to “put a halt on the criminal investigation.”
In a letter obtained by The Blast, Koehler wrote that her client “never wanted notoriety” from her claims. “She never wanted a dime from that man. She wants to go back to school and to graduate. And this she cannot do if she remains hidden in her room, crying her heart out.”
Koehler stated that the student “cannot handle” the “horrible things” that have been said about her since she accused the rapper of sexual assault. The lawyer claims the detectives didn’t ensure the woman’s privacy.
“One day, maybe our world will change and thirty women will not be needed to speak out against a celebrity who has hurt them in order to be believed,” Koehler said. “But that day has not come.”
Nelly’s lawyer released a statement, published by PEOPLE, saying, “We have received word via her lawyer’s website that Nelly’s accuser is no longer pursuing her false allegation. This is welcome news, even though Nelly was one hundred percent sure he would be vindicated. This is simply not enough. Her reckless accusation, once investigated thoroughly, was exposed for what it was — a fabrication. A fabrication that has caused Nelly and his family to suffer emotionally and financially. It is not enough. This type of reckless allegation is an affront to women who are real victims of sexual assault. I am suggesting that Nelly seeks a public apology. I am further suggesting that Nelly considers whatever legal options are available to him. Nelly thanks his fans for their unwavering loyalty.”
Last week, Nelly was arrested in Washington after the woman told police she was attacked in his tour bus.
“Our initial investigation clearly establishes this allegation is devoid of credibility and is motivated by greed and vindictiveness,” Nelly’s attorney Scott Rosenblum said in a statement. “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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