Police arrested Nelly in the early morning and took him to a jail in Des Moines, Washington, according to a report from the police department in nearby Auburn.
He was booked for investigation of rape in the second-degree and released a few hours later. Second degree rape means that force was used or the victim was incapable of consent due to being physically helpless, mentally incapacitated or developmentally disabled.
Nelly was arrested near Seattle early on Saturday after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her on a tour bus, police said.
The report says a woman called 911 at 3:48 a.m. Saturday to report the alleged assault, which she says occurred on Nelly’s tour bus.
Police said Nelly, 42, had performed at the White River Amphitheater in King County just hours before the phone call was made.
He was arrested “after patrol officers investigated the incident,” according to the report.
“I am beyond shocked that I have been targeted with this false allegation,” he wrote. “I am confident that once the facts are looked at, it will be very clear that I am the victim of a false allegation.”
The performer added, “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.”
Finally he tweeted, “In other words y’all know damm well I ain’t do no dumm S^*t like this..!! Love ..!!!!”
Nelly, best-known for the hit songs “Ride Wit Me,” “Hot in Herre” and “Dilemma,” performed at an amphitheater in Auburn on Friday night as part of a tour with country pop group Florida Georgia Line.
Patrol officers investigated the woman’s report, and Nelly was arrested before dawn, Auburn police said in the statement.
He was booked into the South Correctional Entity Regional Jail in Des Moines, Washington, on suspicion of sexual assault. Auburn police had no further details to release, the statement said.
Nelly’s attorney, Scott Rosenblum, said the “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,” Rosenblum said in a statement. “Nelly is prepared to address and pursue all legal avenues to redress any damage caused by this clearly false allegation.”
Nelly was once one of the reigning kings of hip-hop. He shot to fame nearly 20 years ago with the track “Country Grammar.”During the height of his career, he won three Grammy awards and regularly appeared on the Billboard 200.
The rapper has had previous run-ins with the law. In 2015, Nelly pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Nelly, grew up in the St. Louis area, made his debut in 2000 with the album “Country Grammar,” which sold more than 10 million copies, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.
Nelly has released seven albums in his career. He has also appeared in the films “The Longest Yard,” “Reach Me” and “A Fall from Grace.” Nelly started filming a reality television showed called “Nellyville” in 2017. Nelly has an estimated net worth of $60 million.
Nelly’s net worth and rapper lifestyle persona makes him highly susceptible to unscrupulious individuals in the prosuit of releaving the rapper of the financial burden that comes with self made wealth.
Having met the rapper, I find it hard to believe he would take this kind of fool hardy action especially one that would jeopardise his career. Often rape has nothing to do with sexual intercourse and all to do with power and control. I find Nelly to be completly in control of his enviorment and the building of his brand.
He is certainly not in any need for attenstion or lacking in any way affection. Since I was not there, I can not say for certain he did not do this just awful act but knowing him it even briefly it seems out of charictor. We here at SPY appaul rape and violence of any kind and value our female counterparts as superior to us mortal men. If Nelly is gulty he should pay the price of his folly and disrespect but until the burdun of proof is given we will contenue to give him our support. For the sake of a debate lets assume these allegations are based on a lie.
The emotionally charged conversation about rape, few topics are more fraught than that of false allegations. Consider some responses to the news that singer-songwriter Conor Oberst had been falsely accused of sexual assault.
Last December a woman writing in the comments section of the website xoJane, going by the name Joanie Faircloth, claimed Oberst raped her when she was a teenager. The charge spread across the Internet; Oberst denied it and brought a libel suit against Faircloth when she refused to retract the story.
In July she completely recanted, admitting that she had made it all up to get attention. Yet instead of showing sympathy for the ordeal of the musician—one known for being supportive of feminist issues—some chided him for taking legal action to defend himself against a false, career-damaging charge.
False rape accusations are a lightning rod for a variety of reasons. Rape is a repugnant crime—and one for which the evidence often relies on one person’s word against another’s. Moreover, in the not-so-distant past, the belief that women routinely make up rape charges often led to appalling treatment of victims.
How common are false allegations?” depends largely on how false allegations are defined. Do we count only cases in which a police report—or a complaint to some other official authority, such as a college administrator—is shown to be deliberately false? Do we include informal, word-of-mouth charges like the one against Oberst? What of he said/she said cases in which the truth is never known?
In most cases were Rape has been found to be a false aquistion the one major common denominater was the alledged Rapist was wealthy and most often a celeberty or personality. They are tried in the public before recieving a fare and just trial by Law. It always is followed by a hefty financial settlement. This is not a new money sceme.
IN LIKE FLYNN
In late 1942, two under-age women, Betty Hansen and Peggy Satterlee, accused MGM star Errol Flynn of statutory rape at the Bel Air home of Flynn’s friend Frederick McEvoy, and on board Flynn’s yacht, respectively. The scandal received immense press attention. Many of Flynn’s fans, assuming that his screen persona was a reflection of his actual personality, refused to accept that the charges were true.Some founded organisations to publicly protest the accusation. One such group, the American Boys’ Club for the Defense of Errol Flynn—ABCDEF—accumulated a substantial membership that included William F. Buckley Jr.
The trial took place in late January and early February 1943; Flynn’s attorney, Jerry Giesler, impugned the accusers’ character and morals, and accused them of numerous indiscretions, including affairs with married men and, in Satterlee’s case, an abortion (which was illegal at the time).
He noted that the two women, who said they did not know each other, filed their complaints within days of each other, although the episodes allegedly took place more than a year apart.
He implied that the women had cooperated with prosecutors in hopes of avoiding prosecution themselves. Flynn was acquitted, but the trial’s widespread coverage and lurid overtones permanently damaged his carefully cultivated screen image as an idealised romantic leading player.
Years later it was discovered this rape case against one of MGM studios most lucritive stars was a revenge staged by organized crime to give a financial blow to the studio in consequence to losing several major labor contracts.
A false accusation of rape is the intentional reporting of a rape where no rape has occurred. It is difficult to assess the prevalence of false accusations because they are often conflated with non-prosecuted cases under the designation “unfounded”. However, in the United States, the FBI Uniform Crime Report in 1996 and the United States Department of Justice in 1997 reported that 8% of accusations for forcible rape had been through investigation determined to be false. It is extremely difficult to assess the prevalence of false accusations. Not all jurisdictions have a distinct classification of false accusation, resulting in these cases being combined with other types of cases (e.g. where the accuser did not physically resist the suspect or sustain injuries) under headings such as “unfounded” or “unproved”. There are many reasons other than falsity that can result in a rape case being closed as unfounded or unproven.
It is extremely difficult to assess the prevalence of false accusations. Not all jurisdictions have a distinct classification of false accusation, resulting in these cases being combined with other types of cases (e.g. where the accuser did not physically resist the suspect or sustain injuries) under headings such as “unfounded” or “unproved”. There are many reasons other than falsity that can result in a rape case being closed as unfounded or unproven. DiCanio (1993) states that while researchers and prosecutors do not agree on the exact percentage of false allegations, they generally agree on a range of 2% to 10%
There is a lot of information that circulates about sexual violence and the people affected by it. The following myths are common and can impact survivors of assault or abuse, as well as the behavior and effectiveness of friends, family, medical, social service and law enforcement personnel. This sheet will help clarify some of the most common myths.
Myth: Sexual assault is an act of lust and passion that can’t be controlled.
Myth: If a victim of sexual assault does not fight back, they must have thought the assault was not that bad or they wanted it.
Myth: A lot of victims lie about being raped or give false reports.
Myth: A person cannot sexually assault their partner or spouse.
Myth: Sexual assaults most often occur in public or outdoors.
Fact: 55% of rape or sexual assault victimizations occur at or near the victim’s home, and 12% occur at or near the home of a friend, relative, or acquaintance.
Myth: Rape does not happen that often.
Myth: People that have been sexually assaulted will be hysterical and crying.
Myth: Men are not victims of sexual violence.
Fact: 1.5% of all men have been raped and 47% of bisexual men have experienced some form of unwanted sexual contact in their lifetime.
Myth: Wearing revealing clothing, behaving provocatively, or drinking a lot means the victim was “asking for it”.
Myth: If a parent teaches a child to stay away from strangers they won’t get raped.
Myth: Being sexually assaulted by someone of the same gender can make a person gay or lesbian.
Myth: People with disabilities are at low risk for sexual assault.
Fact: People with disabilities are victims of sexual assault twice as much as people without disabilities.6