Police arrested rapper Nelly after a woman said he raped her in a town outside Seattle, an accusation the Grammy winner's attorney staunchly denies.
Auburn police spokesman Commander Steve Stocker said officers arrested Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr., early Saturday morning in his tour bus at a Walmart.
Police said the alleged incident took place on the tour bus, according to the 911 call with the report at 3:48 a.m. Nelly was taken into custody at 4:37 a.m. and booked for investigation of second-degree rape.
He has since been released.
Nelly had performed Friday night at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn.
Nelly is scheduled to perform in Ridgefield, Washington at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater Saturday night as a part of the Florida Georgia Line: Smooth Tour.
When FOX 12 initially reached out the amphitheater, the venue said Nelly was expected to appear onstage.
Just after 5 p.m., FOX 12 learned the rapper was not going to perform at the 7 p.m. show.
"Pretty disappointed," said Britney Long. "Really wanted to see him."
Nelly's attorney, Scott Rosenblum, said the allegation was false and motivated by "greed and vindictiveness."
Nelly's attorney, Scott Rosenblum, called the rape claim a "completely fabricated allegation."
"Our initial investigation clearly establishes this 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. Nelly is prepared to address and pursue all legal avenues to redress any damage caused by this clearly false allegation," Rosenblum said in an email.
Nelly took to Twitter Saturday afternoon to respond the the allegations.
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 you— Nelly_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
Nelly is a three-time Grammy winner, including for the song "Hot in Herre," which won the best male rap solo performance award in 2002.
The song has been sampled and re-recorded by other artists and is ranked No. 21 on a Rolling Stone magazine list of top summer songs. Nelly is also known for the hits "My Place" and "Over and Over." He appeared in the 2005 film "The Longest Yard."
The following year he shared a Grammy for the song "Shake Ya Tailfeather" with Murphy Lee and Sean Combs.
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