Rapper Nelly released from jail, calls sexual assault allegation false

Florida Georgia Line and Nelly perform on ABC's 'Good Morning America' 2017 Summer Concert Series Featuring: Nelly Where: New York, New York, United States When: 26 May 2017 Credit: Derrick Salters/

AUBURN, Wash. -- Rapper Nelly was arrested early Saturday morning for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman on a tour bus in Auburn, according to Auburn Police.

According to Auburn police, a woman called 911 about 3:48 a.m. Saturday to report that she had been sexually assaulted by Nelly. The woman told police the assault reportedly happened on the tour bus that was parked outside a Wal-Mart in Auburn following a show Nelly had performed at the White River Amphitheater Friday night.

Nelly's attorney Scott Rosenblum released a statement saying that Nelly is the victim of 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 a statement.

At about 4:37 a.m. Saturday, Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr., was arrested and later booked into SCORE jail in Des Moines on investigation of second-degree rape.

The three-time Grammy winner was released from jail at 8 a.m. Saturday. He later proclaimed his innocence.

On Saturday afternoon, Nelly tweeted that he is pursuing every legal option to "address this defaming claim" and thanks his fans for support. He also stated he has not been charged with a crime and was released from jail pending an investigation.

"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 tweeted Saturday.

Nelly also tweeted Saturday afternoon an apology to his loved ones for "the embarrassment."

Nelly's last tweet before the arrest was at 12:23 a.m. Saturday, "anytime you feel like the whole world is against you you need to scratch that s*** its really you against the whole world don't know you exist."

Nelly did not play his scheduled show at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield on Saturday night.

The 42-year-old rapper is known for his early 2000s songs such as "Hot in Herre" and "Over and Over."

The investigation into the allegations is ongoing.

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