Two months ago, an unidentified woman came forward to claim that Nelly allegedly raped her. The incident reportedly occurred on the St. Louis native’s tour bus following a Washington State show. Billboard reports that Nelly was arrested and booked at a jail in Des Moines where he faced a second-degree rape charge.
Now, prosecutors dismissed the case on Thursday (Dec. 14), after the 21-year-old woman said, “she did not wish to assist in prosecution or the investigation,” but Nelly’s legal journey is far from over. The 43-year-old artist plans to seek out legal action in an attempt to clear his name.
“He has incurred economic loss and painfully has watched his family suffer,” Nelly’s attorney Scott Rosenblum said in a statement. “As a result, Nelly is planning to proceed with litigation as the first step in restoring his reputation.”
Read the full statement below:
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 recognizes the need for women who are victims of sexual assault of any kind to be heard and our existing systems changed. Nelly supports various women’s advocacy groups that deal with Sexual Assault, and violence against women and is dedicated to raising awareness and furthering the conversation to about bring about necessary changes. However, this type of reckless false allegation cannot be tolerated as it is an affront to the real survivors of sexual assault.
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.