Rap­per Nelly ac­cused of rape on tour bus in Wash­ing­ton

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - NATION WORLD -

SEAT­TLE — Po­lice ar­rested rap­per Nelly early Satur­day af­ter a woman said he raped her on his tour bus in a town out­side Seat­tle, an ac­cu­sa­tion the Grammy win­ner’s at­tor­ney staunchly de­nied.

Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr., was ar­rested about 4:37 a.m. Satur­day in his tour bus, Auburn po­lice spokesman Com­man­der Steve Stocker said.

The woman called 911 to re­port be­ing sex­u­ally as­saulted by Nelly on the tour bus, po­lice said in a state­ment.

Nelly’s at­tor­ney, Scott Rosen­blum, said Satur­day af­ter­noon that the singer was re­leased from jail pend­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

He was sched­uled to per­form in Ridge­field, Wash., on Satur­day night. He’s on tour with Florida Ge­or­gia Line.

Rosen­blum called the rape claim 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,” Rosen­blum said in an email.

Nelly was ar­rested in Ten­nessee in 2015 on felony drug pos­ses­sion charges af­ter a trooper smelled mar­i­juana on his bus. Nelly later pleaded guilty to two mis­de­meanor drug charges: pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana and drug para­pher­na­lia, the dis­trict at­tor­ney said. Nelly agreed to a pre­trial di­ver­sion, which means his record was later cleared, Rosen­blum said.

Nelly is a three-time Grammy win­ner.


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