The woman who accused him of rape does not want to forward with the case because of online harassment and a belief that the legal system “will fail her.”
As the New York Times reports, a lawyer for the accuser wrote in a letter on October 13 that her client will not testify further against Nelly. “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,” the lawyer, Karen Koehler, wrote.
The Auburn Police Department told the newspaper that they will be proceeding with a criminal investigation, even though the accuser has made it clear to the department she wanted the investigation halted. “She wishes she had not called 911 because she believes the system is going to fail her,” wrote Koehler. TMZ also reported that the department is still gathering evidence to present to the prosecutor’s office.
Via The Grio:
In an exclusive with TMZ, Nelly’s accuser said that she did not want to cooperate with moving the case forward because she could not take the pressure of battling a celebrity. What’s more, she said that she felt betrayed by the police.
However, while the case will certainly be more difficult to prosecute when the accuser is refusing to testify, Auburn police are still moving forward in order to collect evidence and present the case to the prosecutor’s office. They are expected to present the case within the next week, and it will ultimately be up to the prosecutors to decide if Nelly will face any charges.
Nelly was taken into custody in Washington state after a woman told police he raped her, he was released with no charges
The report says a woman called 911 at 3:48 a.m. Saturday to report the alleged assault, which she says occurred on Nelly’s tour bus.
Police said Nelly, 42, had performed at the White River Amphitheater in King County just hours before the phone call was made. He was arrested “after patrol officers investigated the incident,” according to the report.
He also tweeted in protest after being detained for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman on his tour bus.
He said: “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.
“I do want to apologize to my loved ones for the embarrassment and for putting myself in a situation where I could be victimized by this false and defaming allegation.
“I also want to thank my fans for their unwavering support,” he wrote. “They know me. I assure you I will be vindicated. And I assure you, I will pursue every legal option to address this defaming claim. Thank you.”
In an email, attorney Scott Rosenblum told USA TODAY, “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.”
During the height of his career, he won three Grammy awards and regularly appeared on the Billboard 200.
The rapper has had previous run-ins with the law. In 2015, Nelly pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to E! News.