Rapper Nelly will sue his alleged rape victim as a first step in restoring his image, his lawyer, Scott Rosenblum says.

Following the end of proceeding in the alleged rape investigation conducted against the rapper, Nelly is determined to restore his image and seek compensation. His lawyer, Scott Rosenblum issued a statement on the matter, in the name of his client. The statement was published by ET.

“The formal close of the investigation into the false allegations made against Nelly is of course welcome -however expected”, the statement reads, further calling the rape allegations “deceitful”.

“A thorough investigation did show Nelly was a victim of deceitful allegation devoid of credibility. Credible evidence did show this accuser to be deceptive”.

Rosenblum also said that Nelly supports true victims of sexual misconduct in taking action and speak out. He is “dedicated to raising awareness and furthering the conversation to bring about necessary changes”. However, he will not tolerate false allegations and is committed to set things straight in case like his, where the so-called victims make-up things.

As a result of the rape accusations, Nelly has suffered financial loss and family distress, the lawyer adds. “Nelly is planning to proceed with litigation as the first step in restoring his reputation”, the statement concludes.

43-year-old Nelly was arrested on the early hours of October 7, in Des Moines, Washington, after a woman called 911 and said she was sexually assaulted by the musician. He spent several hours in jail. Upon release, he stated he was “completely shocked” by the accusations.

An investigation was opened that day and the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office sought communication with both parties. However, the woman who said was Nelly’s victim did not wish to cooperate with the police. Moreover, she wanted the charges dropped. Her lawyer, Karen Koehler, explained that her client was afraid of confronting a celebrity like Nelly in court. Being only 21-years-old and a student, she did not feel “safe enough to pursue criminal charges against a celebrity for an alleged rape”.

As a result, the prosecution officially dropped the investigation on December 15. “While we have reviewed the existing investigative material, without the assistance of the complainant, this office is unable to proceed or fully assess the merits of the case”, the prosecutor’s office stated.