In response to the rape case against him being dismissed, Nelly is fighting back. The St. Louis rapper has announced plans to sue the woman who he says falsely accused him.
His attorney has released a statement after the unidentified accuser decided not to press charges and refused to cooperate with the police investigation.
“The formal close of the investigation into the false allegations made against Nelly is of course welcome – however expected,” said Nelly’s lawyer Scott Rosenblum. “We were confident, that what our investigation revealed from the outset of this allegation would ultimately be clear and Nelly would be vindicated. A thorough investigation did show Nelly was a victim of deceitful allegation devoid of credibility. Credible evidence did show this accuser to be deceptive. We have been in constant communication with the King County authorities and welcomed and appreciated the diligence in which the authorities proceeded. Leaving no stone unturned.”
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
The “Hot in Herre” MC acknowledged sexual assault, but noted that false accusers only distract from the real victims. “Nelly recognizes the need for women who are victims of sexual assault of any kind to be heard and our existing systems changed,” he added. “Nelly supports various women’s advocacy groups that deal with Sexual Assault, and violence against women and is dedicated to raising awareness and furthering the conversation to about bring about necessary changes. However, this type of reckless false allegation cannot be tolerated as it is an affront to the real survivors of sexual assault.”
As a result of his name being tarnished by these allegations, Nelly is planning to file a lawsuit against his accuser. “Nelly has suffered very real damage to his reputation. He has incurred economic loss and painfully has watched his family suffer,” said Rosenblum. “As a result, Nelly is planning to proceed with litigation as the first step in restoring his reputation.”
Nelly was arrested and booked on second degree rape charges on Oct. 7 after a woman claimed he raped her on his bus in a Walmart parking lot following his show at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, Wash.
The unidentified accuser decided not to press charges and has refused to cooperate with the investigation because of the public pressure she faced.