On October 7, Nelly (born Cornelle Iral Haynes, Jr.) was arrested for suspicion of rape in the second degree for an alleged sexual assault that took place on his tour bus in Auburn, Washington. Today, the charges have been dropped by the prosecutor’s office, TMZ reports. The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s office reportedly told TMZ that the “alleged victim’s refusal to cooperate made it impossible for them to go forward.” Pitchfork has reached out to Nelly’s representatives and the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office for further comment.
Following the allegations in October, Nelly issued a statement via Twitter that denied the allegations, stating he is “completely innocent” and will “pursue every legal option to address this defaming claim.” A week later, the alleged victim’s attorney issued a statement asking the Auburn police department on behalf of her client to end the criminal investigation, saying the woman believes “the system is going to fail her.”
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