Rapper Nelly is no longer investigated for rape, after the woman who made the accusations refused to collaborate with the prosecutors.
In early October, a woman whose identity was not revealed to the public, reported to the police that she had been sexually assaulted by Nelly in his tour bus, right after the White River Amphitheater performance, in Washington.
As a result, the 42-year-old rapper was arrested and booked at jail facility in Des Moines. He spent about four hours there.
Immediately after being released the rapper said he was “completely shocked” to have been targeted with what he called a “false allegation”. He added: “I am completely innocent.”
Now, the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office released a statement regarding the status of the case, explaining: “Within days of her initial report to police, the complainant, through her attorney, informed investigators from the Auburn police department that she did not wish to assist in prosecution or the investigation of Mr. Haynes”. The statement also read that it as imperative for the continuation of the investigation that the complainant assist the prosecutors. And since this hasn’t happened, the cause will be closed.
Despite the 911 call that she placed right after the incident, the woman told the police, though her lawyer, Karen Koehler, that she didn’t want to press charges against the rapper. The lawyer explained that her client, who is only 21-years-old and a college student, did not “feel safe enough to pursue criminal charges against a celebrity for an alleged rape.” Koehler posted an open letter on her website on the case.
Meanwhile, Nelly’s lawyer, Scott Rosenblum, sustained that the rapper, whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr., was “the victim of a completely fabricated allegation”. He also added that Nelly was ready to pursue all legal avenues to redress any damage caused by this clearly false allegation.”