Cornell Haynes Jr., better known as the rapper Nelly, was taken into custody Saturday in Washington state after a woman told police he raped her.
He was booked for investigation of rape in the second-degree and released a few hours later without any charges being filed, according to his lawyer, Scott Rosenblum.
Nelly tweeted Saturday afternoon that he is “completely innocent” and confident he will be vindicated. “I am beyond shocked that I have been targeted with this false allegation,” he wrote. “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 also want to thank my fans for their unwavering support. 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
— Nelly_Mo (@Nelly_Mo) October 7, 2017
Rosenblum, the attorney, said the “allegation is devoid of credibility and is motivated by greed and vindictiveness.” And “I am confident, once this scurrilous accusation is thoroughly investigated, there will be no charges,” Rosenblum said in a statement. “Nelly is prepared to address and pursue all legal avenues to redress any damage caused by this clearly false allegation.”