Grammy-award winning rapper Nelly released without charges a day after getting booked for rape

AFP

October 08, 2017 11:46:52 IST

Washington: Grammy Award-winning rapper Nelly was arrested on Saturday after a woman accused him of raping her in his tour bus, police in the northwestern state of Washington, said. But the rapper was released without charges on Sunday, reports International Business Times.

He took to Twitter to express shock over the rape allegation.

Just before 4 am local time on Saturday, a woman had called the emergency 911 line "to report that she was sexually assaulted by a male, who is known as the rapper Nelly," police in Auburn, said.

After police investigated the incident, "at 4.37 am Nelly was taken into custody and booked" at the local jail, the police statement read.

The alleged assault reportedly took place on the tour bus hours after Nelly had performed at the White River Amphitheatre just east of Auburn.

A lawyer for Nelly had vehemently denied the charges.  Nelly - born Cornell Haynes Jr - "is the victim of a completely fabricated allegation," the unnamed lawyer had told the TMZ celebrity newssite.

The allegation "is motivated by greed and vindictiveness," the lawyer had said, adding that Nelly "is prepared to pursue all legal avenues to redress any damage caused."

According to TMZ, Nelly, whose schedule has him performing Saturday evening with country duo Florida Georgia Line in the city of Ridgefield, a two-hour drive to the south of Auburn, was booked on a charge of second-degree rape.

Throughout his career Nelly has received 12 Grammy nominations and won three Grammy awards, including for the best rap solo performance in 2003.

Updated Date: Oct 08, 2017 12:02 PM