Rapper Nelly was charged on Saturday morning after a woman came forward and accused him of raping her on his tour bus in Washington.
The Auburn police have confirmed his arrest in a released statement.
“At 3:48 AM a female called 911 to report that she was sexually assaulted by a male, who is known as the rapper ‘Nelly,’” a spokesperson for the police department said. “The alleged assault was reported to occur on the tour bus that was parked at the listed location. Nelly had performed at the White River Amphitheater just hours before.
“After Patrol Officers investigated the incident, at 4:37 AM Nelly was taken into custody and booked at the SCORE jail facility,” the spokesperson said. “Auburn Police are continuing to investigate this incident. The above details are all we have to release at this time.”
Nelly’s rep has told People that these claims are “a completely fabricated allegation” that they plan on defeating.
“Nelly is the victim of a completely fabricated allegation,” said the rep. “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.”
A police spokesman said that Nelly was in his tour bus parked near a Walmart at the time of his arrest. Police felt confident that they had probable cause to arrest him.
This is not his first brush with the law. In 2015 he was arrested on multiple drug charges, including felony possession in Tennessee.
This June he spoke with People to discuss how much he loved his girlfriend Shantel Jackson but he was not yet ready to get married.
“The thing about marriage to me is…I take it very, very seriously. It’s something I’m only doing one time,” he said.
“For me, it’s almost like society would prefer you to have been married and got divorced and tried it then to be married and stay married. For me, it’s more important to die married than to have been married and it didn’t work out. I want to leave this place knowing I was in love and somebody loved me and we were together, then to be like, ‘Well I’m never getting married again and I’m ruined.’”
Nelly went on, “If it happens, when it happens. That’s it! She’s locked in man, she’s trapped. Death do you part is serious around here!”