Cornell Haynes Jr., better known as the “Hot In Here” rapper Nelly, was questioned by police in Washington state after a woman told police he raped her.
According to the police report, Nelly was taken to a jail in Des Moines, Washington where he was booked for investigation of rape in the second-degree. Officers released the artist a few hours later without charges being filed.
The unidentified woman called police around at 3:48 a.m. Saturday to report the alleged assault, which she said occurred on Nelly’s tour bus. Nelly had a performance at the White River Amphitheater in King County just hours before the phone call was made.
On Saturday afternoon the rapper sent a tweet proclaiming his innocence.
“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.”
Nelly’s attorney Scott Rosenblum said the “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,” 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.”
The rapper was scheduled to perform a concert in Ridgefield, Washington on Saturday, but he did not attend the show. However, he is expected to perform on October 12 in Jacksonville, Florida.
Although, what happens if Nelly is charged?
Well…In the state of Washington rape in the second degree is a class A felony. The state defines second-degree rape as:
Engaging in forcible sexual intercourse without the victim’s consent, where:
1. Perpetrator uses forcible compulsion
2. The victim is incapable of consent because he or she is physically helpless, mentally incapacitated or developmentally disabled.
If convicted Nelly could face the rest of his life behind bars. Class A felonies are punishable by up to life in prison and or a $50,000 fine.
Gotham City Esq will update this story when more facts emerge.