Nelly was arrested following accusations that he sexually assaulted a woman after a Seattle-area show on Friday night.
According to Seattle’s Q13 Fox News, Nelly (whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr.) was arrested Saturday morning after an unidentified woman contacted authorities to allege she had been raped on Nelly’s tour bus following his Friday performance at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, Washington, about 45 minutes outside Seattle.
Officers tell Seattle’s Fox affiliate that Nelly’s tour bus drove from the venue to a Walmart parking lot in suburban Seattle, with the woman accompanying Nelly on the bus. She called police at approximately 3:45 a.m. to claim she was assaulted by the 42-year-old performer.
According to a police spokesperson, officers state that when they arrived on the scene the had “probable cause” to arrest Nelly and bring him into custody. He was taken to jail Saturday morning and supposedly charged with second-degree rape.
Nelly reportedly spent less than 90 minutes behind bars before being released. The reason for the quick release, according to the “Country Grammar” rapper, is because he was never actually charged with a crime.
Nelly further addressed the allegations in a series of tweets on Saturday, Oct. 7.
Nelly is currently on tour with Florida Georgia Line, and is scheduled to perform on Saturday night at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre in Ridgefield, Washington.
ET Canada has reached out to Nelly’s rep for comment.
The rapper’s lawyer, Scott Rosenblum, is proclaiming Nelly’s innocence. “Nelly is the victim of a completely fabricated allegation,” the attorney tells the New York Post‘s Page Six. “Our initial investigation clearly establishes the allegation is devoid of credibility and is motivated by greed and vindictiveness. I am confident, once the scurrilous accusation is thoroughly investigated, there will be no charges. Nelly is prepared to pursue all legal avenues to redress any damage caused by this clearly false allegation.”
Q13 correspondent Brandi Cruse has been sharing breaking news of the arrest on Twitter:
This is not Nelly’s first brush with the law. Back in 2015, he was arrested in Tennessee on felony charges of illegally possessing marijuana, meth and handguns; he later cut a plea deal by pleading guilty to misdemeanour charges of marijuana possession, and was sentenced to 11 months probation.
Prior to that, in 2012 a Texas border-patrol search of Nelly’s tour bus turned up more than a half-ounce of heroin, a loaded handgun and 10 pounds of marijuana. Nelly, however, narrowly avoided arrest when another man on the tour bus was arrested instead, claiming the the drugs and gun belonged to him.