Nelly Plans to Sue Woman Who Accused Him of Rape After Case Dropped

Nelly is on a mission to restore his image.

Just one day after prosecutors dropped the rape case against the rapper, Nelly’s legal team announced he intends to file a lawsuit.

“The formal close of the investigation into the false allegations made against Nelly is of course welcome – however expected. 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,” Nelly's attorney Scott Rosenblum said in a statement. 

“Nelly recognizes the need for women who are victims of sexual assault of any kind to be heard and our existing systems changed […] However, this type of reckless false allegation cannot be tolerated as it is an affront to the real survivors of sexual assault,” Rosenblum continued. “Nelly has suffered very real damage to his reputation. He has incurred economic loss and painfully has watched his family suffer. As a result Nelly is planning to proceed with litigation as the first step in restoring his reputation.”

Nelly was arrested in early October for allegedly raping a woman in Washington state. The unidentified woman told authorities the assault occurred on the rapper’s tour bus following one of his concerts. Shortly after his arrest, Nelly was released without being charged. He then went to social media to deny the allegations:

Less than a week after Nelly’s arrest, the alleged victim reportedly told authorities she would not testify in the case. Her attorney, Karen Koehler, explained the decision in a statement to TMZ.

“We do not live in a society where a 21-year-old college student can feel safe enough to pursue criminal charges against a celebrity for an alleged rape,” Koehler wrote. “She wonders who is she to go by her small 'unimportant' self against a celebrity. Who will believe her? People are saying horrible things already. She cannot handle this. She is about to break. She wants this to end. She just cannot bear it.”

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Nelly Rape Case Reportedly Closed by Prosecutors

TMZ is reporting that the rape charges Nelly was facing have been dropped. The King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office said the alleged victim's “refusal to cooperate made it impossible for them to go forward.”

Nelly was arrested on October 8 on second degree rape charges after a woman alleges that she was sexually assaulted by the rapper on his tour bus in Washington. Nelly's attorney, Scott Rosenblum, responded to the allegations, calling them “completely fabricated,” “devoid of credibility,” and “motivated by greed and vindictiveness.” Nelly fired back at the alleged victim's allegations in a series of tweets. 

Just days after the alleged victim's attorney Karen Koehler argued in October that her client was being intimidated, news surfaced that the case would probably be dropped over her unwillingness to testify. The case remained open in spite of the alleged victim's refusal to cooperate, ultimately leaving the decision to press charges in the hands of prosecutors. 

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