Rap­per Nelly ar­rested, faces rape ac­cu­sa­tion

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - THE WEST - By Martha Bel­lisle

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

Auburn po­lice spokesman Com­man­der Steve Stocker said Nelly, whose real name is Cor­nell Iral Haynes Jr., was in jail Satur­day after be­ing ar­rested in his tour bus at a Wal­mart. He will have his first ap­pear­ance be­fore a judge “at some point,”

Stocker said. Nelly was sched­uled to per­form in Ridge­field, Wash­ing­ton, on Satur­day night.

Nelly per­formed at the White River Am- phithe­atre in Auburn, Wash­ing­ton, on Fri­day night. He’s on tour with Florida Ge­or­gia Line.

Nelly’s at­tor­ney, Scott 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 is a three-time Grammy win­ner, in­clud­ing for the song “Hot in Herre,” which won the best male rap solo per­for­mance award in 2002.

The song has been sam­pled and re-recorded by other artists and is ranked No. 21 on a Rolling Stone mag­a­zine list of top sum­mer songs. Nelly is also known for the hits “My Place” and “Over and Over.” He ap­peared in the 2005 film “The Long­est Yard.”

The fol­low­ing year he shared a Grammy for the song “Shake Ya Tail­feather” with Mur­phy Lee and Sean Combs.


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