October 16, 2017
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Less than two weeks after a 21-year-old woman accused Nelly of rape, we have now learned that she plans to drop all charges against the 42-year-old rapper.
According to People and in a letter obtained by The Blast, the woman’s lawyer, Karen Koehler, writes that her client contacted the Auburn Police Department and the King County Prosecutor’s Office on Friday to “put a halt on the criminal investigation” of Nelly, and that “she will not testify further in a criminal proceeding against him. She never wanted a dime from that man. She wants to go back to school and to graduate. And this she cannot do if she remains hidden in her room, crying her heart out.”
Nelly’s lawyer says that while the news is “welcome”, they may entertain legal ramifications for the false allegation.
“We have received word via her lawyer’s website that Nelly’s accuser is no longer pursuing her false allegation. This is welcome news, even though Nelly was one hundred percent sure he would be vindicated,” his lawyer told PEOPLE in the statement. “This is simply not enough. Her reckless accusation, once investigated thoroughly, was exposed for what it was — a fabrication. A fabrication that has caused Nelly and his family to suffer emotionally and financially. It is not enough. This type of reckless allegation is an affront to women who are real victims of sexual assault. I am suggesting that Nelly seeks a public apology. I am further suggesting that Nelly considers whatever legal options are available to him. Nelly thanks his fans for their unwavering loyalty.”
Nelly is currently on the Smooth Tour 2017.
— edmeejorge (@edmeejorge) October 14, 2017
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