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Rapper Nelly will not face rape charges because the accuser is not cooperating, prosecutors in Washington state said.
The woman said Nelly raped her on his tour bus in October in a Seattle suburb. Auburn police arrested Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr., in his bus at a Walmart and he was booked into jail on suspicion of second-degree rape, then released.
Shortly afterward, the woman said she wanted to stop the investigation.
King County prosecutors said Thursday in a statement that they have reviewed the investigation, but without the woman’s help, they can’t “proceed or fully assess the merits of the case.”
Nelly’s attorney Scott Rosenblum said in a statement to the Associated Press that the performer had been the victim of a “deceitful allegation devoid of credibility.”
Rosenblum said Nelly supports advocacy groups that deal with sexual assault and violence against women and is dedicated to raising awareness about such issues.
“However, this type of reckless false allegation cannot be tolerated, as it is an affront to the real survivors of sexual assault,” he said.
Read Rosenblum’s full statement below:
The formal close of the investigation into the false allegations made against Nelly is of course welcome – however expected. We were confident, that what our investigation revealed from the outset of this allegation would ultimately be clear and Nelly would be vindicated. A thorough investigation did show Nelly was a victim of deceitful allegation devoid of credibility. Credible evidence did show this accuser to be deceptive. We have been in constant communication with the King County authorities and welcomed and appreciated the diligence in which the authorities proceeded. Leaving no stone unturned.
Nelly recognizes the need for women who are victims of sexual assault of any kind to be heard and our existing systems changed. Nelly supports various women’s advocacy groups that deal with Sexual Assault, and violence against women and is dedicated to raising awareness and furthering the conversation to about bring about necessary changes. However, this type of reckless false allegation cannot be tolerated as it is an affront to the real survivors of sexual assault.
Nelly has suffered very real damage to his reputation. He has incurred economic loss and painfully has watched his family suffer. As a result Nelly is planning to proceed with litigation as the first step in restoring his reputation..
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