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Nelly Swears He Will Be ‘Vindicated’ After New Sexual Assault Lawsuit
“I’ve been quiet for some time. But these baseless allegations hurt more than just me,” Nelly wrote in a lengthy statement issued this week. The rapper has been accused of sexually assaulting a fan following a meet-and-greet in the UK last year.
Shortly after news broke that an unnamed British woman had filed a lawsuit accusing Nelly of sexual misconduct, the rapper issued a statement proclaiming his innocence.
The woman, who has not been identified, filed the lawsuit under the name Jane Doe and accused Nelly of sexually assaulting her following an event in Essex in December 2017, TMZ reports. After the alleged victim reported the incident to the authorities, police launched an investigation into the alleged assault in February, the outlet reports.
Nelly denied the claims in a statement issued to Us Weekly this week, calling the allegations “false” and proclaiming that he will be “vindicated.”
“I’ve been quiet for some time. But these baseless allegations hurt more than just me. The truth will come out, and I will be vindicated,” he said. “These types of false allegations undermine real claims of sexual abuse/harassment by real victims.”
Nelly’s alleged victim claimed that the rapper, after asking her to stick around following a meet-and-greet, began masturbating in front of her, according to court documents obtained by TMZ. After she asked him to stop, he grew aggressive and told her that he wasn’t used to not getting his way, she claimed. She also alleges that he forced her into performing oral sex, at which point she fled, according to TMZ.
Following news of the police investigation, Nelly’s attorney Scott Rosenblum said in a statement that the rapper was confident that the claims would be proven “disingenuous” and was in support of a “thorough investigation” of the matter, according to TMZ.
Jane Doe’s suit also lists Nelly’s longtime girlfriend, Shantel Jackson, who called Doe’s allegations “false” in a statement posted on Instagram in January. Nelly addressed Jackson’s inclusion in the suit in his statement.
“To go after my girlfriend as well is unfair and goes too far. Shantel has been through enough,” his statement read, per Us Weekly. “I am a father to a beautiful strong woman. I was raised by a strong single woman. I love them all very much.”
Months before the alleged assault in December, Nelly was accused of raping another woman on a tour bus, Monique Greene. After a legal battle spanning many months, both parties came to an agreement in September to drop their lawsuits (Nelly had filed a countersuit against Greene).
Nelly has continuously claimed that the encounter between himself and Greene was consensual, a claim which he reiterated in his recently issued statement regarding Jane Doe’s assault allegations.
“I own my actions and take responsibility for my conduct with Monique Greene. We had CONSENSUAL sex after meeting in a club. Period,” Nelly’s statement read, according to Us Weekly. “I have been living in the limelight for my entire adult life. I have had zero allegations or issues in the past, I knew better! And for that I had to deal with the repercussions of my poor choice. I am repairing the trust that I broke with Shantel. I have apologized to my family and friends for the embarrassment I have caused them. And, I am committed to be a better man.”
Nelly then implied that there may be a connection between Greene’s claims and Jane Doe’s.
“Monique green pursued civil legal action against me, when no criminal charges were filed or pursued. I responded with civil claims of my own against her. Ultimately, we both agreed to dismiss our claims against each other,” the rapper wrote, according to Us Weekly. “Now that the same lawyer has filed or threatened to file a ‘Jane doe” lawsuit, I do NOT plan on walking away quietly.”
His statement continued, “I have to speak up for my family and for the real victims strong enough to come forward and face people that have actually assaulted them.”
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