Nelly is speaking out after he was arrested for suspicion of second-degree rape early Saturday morning.
A woman accused the rapper of sexually assaulting her on his tour bus in Washington, where he was touring with Florida Georgia Line.
Via USA Today:
Auburn police spokesman Commander Steve Stocker confirmed to the Associated Press that Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr., was booked Saturday morning after being arrested at about 4:37 a.m. in his tour bus at a Walmart.
According to the jail’s inmate database, he was arrested on suspicion of second-degree rape, indicating force was used or the victim was incapable of consent due to being physically helpless, mentally incapacitated or developmentally disabled.
Nelly was booked and released without being charged.
He took to social media to proclaim his innocence – telling his fans, “Y’all know damn well I ain’t do no dumb sh*t like this!”
The rapper also plans to take legal action against his accuser for defamation.
Let me say that I am beyond shocked that I have been targeted with this false allegation. I am completely innocent. I am confident that once the facts are looked at , it will be very clear that I am the victim of a false allegation.
I do want to apologize to my loved ones for the embarrassment and for putting myself in a situation where I could be victimized by this false and defaming allegation.
I also want to thank my fans for their unwavering support. They know me. I assure you I will be vindicated. And I assure you, I will pursue every legal option to address this defaming claim. Thank you
In other words y’all know damm well I ain’t do no dumm S^*t like this..!! Love ..!!!!
Nelly’s attorney Scott Rosenblum sent to the following statement to USA Today:
Nelly is the victim of 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.