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Rapper Nelly arrested on rape accusation in Washington state

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AUBURN, WA (KPTV) -

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.

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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