AUBURN, Wash. (CelebrityAccess) — Rapper Nelly was arrested after he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Washington State on Saturday, but was released without criminal charges.
According to a press release from the Auburn Police, Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Haynes Jr., was taken into custody early Saturday morning after a woman reported to police that she'd been sexually assaulted by Haynes while on his tour bus.
Following the report, police officers took Nelly into custody for investigation of the incident, but he was released several hours later without charges.
Nelly later tweeted that he was innocent of the charges.
“I am completely innocent,” he tweeted. “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 also maintained his client's innocence.
“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,” Rosenblum said in a statement released after the arrest.
Nelly was in Washington after performing at the White River Amphitheater in King County several hours before the allegations were leveled at him. His next scheduled performance is in Jacksonville, Florida on Oct. 12th.