Nelly's attorney has responded to claims that he and his team have publicly intimidated the woman who accused his client of rape. According to Scott Rosenblum, Nelly's attorney, the claims of the alleged rape victim being bullied "so harshly in the media" fall short of qualifying for the intimidating a witness statute.
"I would suggest rereading the [intimidating a witness] statute," Rosenblum told TMZ Tuesday morning. "I would further suggest talking to some of the unbiased witnesses." Rosenblum added that his client "will continue to respond to her client's baseless allegations."
In a previous report, TMZ revealed that Karen Koehler—the alleged victim's attorney—considered Nelly's letter to prosecutors "morally reprehensible." She also questioned the letter's legality, which Koehler said included "derogatory and defamatory statements" against her client. "It is also criminal—in the State of Washington—when those vicious attacks are issued in the form of threats," Koehler said.
Nelly, who was arrested for "investigation of rape in the second-degree" and released without charges over the weekend, has maintained his innocence. "Let me say that I am beyond shocked that I have been targeted with this false allegation," he tweeted Saturday. "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."
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.— Nelly_Mo (@Nelly_Mo) October 7, 2017
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.— Nelly_Mo (@Nelly_Mo) October 7, 2017
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
In other words y'all know damm well I ain't do no dumm S^*t like this..!! Love ..!!!!— Nelly_Mo (@Nelly_Mo) October 7, 2017
TMZ, for some reason, also thought it would be a good idea to annoy Ashanti (who was previously in a relationship with Nelly) with questions about the allegations. "I have a new song coming out, it's called 'Say Less,'" she said when asked about Nelly at LAX. "I think that it sounds dope. I just mixed it in Atlanta. That's what I was doing, actually, in Miami. Recording records."
- Nelly Breaks Silence Following Rape Accusation: 'I Am Completely Innocent'
- Nelly Arrested for Rape (UPDATE)
More from Complex
- We Need to Talk About Mike Ditka's Ridiculous Response to the NFL Protests
- Uniqlo U Push LifeWear Forward in FW17 Collection Led By Cristophe Lemaire
- Supreme's 'Scarface' Collection Brings the Cocaine Classic to Jerseys, Lamps, and Skate Decks
- Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks Break Down Kodak Black's Latest Legal Trouble on 'Everyday Struggle'
- Germany Serves as the Foundation for the New Eastwood Danso & OBS Capsule Collection