Nelly’s Alleged Rape Victim Accuses Him of Bullying Her in the Press (UPDATE)
UPDATE (10/10/17 at 9:22 a.m.):
Nelly's alleged rape victim isn't backing down.
Despite Nelly and his lawyer calling her claims of rape "false," she (and her lawyer) are now coming forward again, blaming the rapper for defaming her name in the press.
The victim and her lawyer, Karen Koehler, believe Nelly and his lawyer's public statements about the case are "vicious attacks...in the form of threats."
"It is morally reprehensible for an accused person and his bully lawyer to issue derogatory and defamatory statements against a young alleged rape victim," she says in a statement to TMZ.
Koehler also accuses them of intimidating a witness, which is a felony in the state of Washington.
But Scott Rosenblum, the hip hop star's counsel, fires back, telling the site, "I would suggest rereading the [intimidating a witness] statute. I would further suggest talking to some of the unbiased witnesses."
For more on these dramatic accusations, Nelly's response and more, keep reading!
Original story (10/9/17 at 9:42 a.m.):
Between Usher’s STD scare and Lil Wayne’s illegitimate child allegations, it’s been a pretty rough few weeks for our favorite R&B stars.
And certainly not helping matters are the latest headlines surrounding Nelly, as the “Country Grammer” rapper was arrested over the weekend on charges of rape.
The 42-year-old was taken into custody on Saturday, October 7, after a woman came forward claiming he had raped her on his tour bus, CNN reports.
He was taken to jail in Des Moines, Washington, in the early morning hours — he was in Auburn, Washington after having performed a concert at the White River Amphitheater just hours prior.
The good news, however, is that though Nelly was booked on second degree rape charges, no charges were filed and he has been released from prison.
Plus, the “Hot in Here” crooner is maintaining his innocence.
Nelly, real name Cornell Haynes Jr., tweeted about the “false allegation” shortly after his release, and cleared up some rumors, saying no bail was set since he was released.
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.Nelly_Mo (@Nelly_Mo) October 7, 2017
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.Nelly_Mo (@Nelly_Mo) October 7, 2017
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 youNelly_Mo (@Nelly_Mo) October 7, 2017
To be absolutely clear. I have not been charged with a crime therefore no bail was required. I was released , pending further investigation.Nelly_Mo (@Nelly_Mo) October 7, 2017
Meanwhile his lawyer, Scott Rosenblum, furthered this sentiment.
"I am confident, once this scurrilous accusation is thoroughly investigated, there will be no charges," he said in a statement.
"Nelly is prepared to address and pursue all legal avenues to redress any damage caused by this clearly false allegation."
However, the alleged victim is standing by her claims.
The Washington woman is an unnamed 21-year-old, who insists she first met Nelly at a club where they drank with some of her friends.
She claims she was then invited to the after party and eventually to his tour bus, where he forced her to have sex with him without a condom, according to TMZ.
The St. Louis rapper then allegedly offered her money but she declined and got kicked off the bus in a hurry.
However, Rosenblum denied these claims as well, saying the woman filing charges has an agenda of “fame, money and notoriety.”
"It does not surprise me that she wanted to have her story publicized. That is playbook 101 of a person with an agenda and clearly she has one.”
He continued, "we will be able to show by objective evidence and unbiased witnesses that she has zero credibility. She's a person who is making a dangerous, fraudulent allegation to accomplish her own goals."
As of now, the hip hop star is scheduled to resume his tour with Florida Georgia Line in Jacksonville, Florida on Thursday, October 12.
Stay tuned to Wetpaint for more on this crazy developing story!