American rapper/singer and three-time Grammy winner Nelly, who popularized "It’s hot in Herre" and "Dilemma," was arrested on the morning of October 7 on the grounds of second-degree rape charges filed by an unnamed woman. Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr., was accused of molesting the woman inside his tour bus.

Nelly had a concert in Auburn, Washington. The rapper has been on The Smooth Stadium Tour 2017 since this June together with Florida Georgia Line, Chris Lane, and Russell Dickerson. Nelly was reported to have picked up the woman near Seattle after his concert tour where he allegedly molested the woman inside his tour bus.

Nelly's arrest

The woman notified the police via a 911 call at around 3:48 on the morning of October 7. The police authorities responded immediately to the call of the alleged victim. Upon finding a probable cause for the complaint, the police arrested and took custody of Nelly for charges of second-degree rape. However, after few hours, the rapper was released from the custody of the police in SCORE Jail, Des Moines at around 8 a.m.

Nelly's lawyer, Scott Rosenblum, said that the allegation of rape is a “completely fabricated allegation.” He added further added that in their initial investigation the allegation was "devoid of credibility and motivated by greed and vindictiveness." He said that he is confident that when the incident is investigated with due scrutiny, there will be no charges against his client.

Nelly, he said, is ready to face the allegation and that he will seek and proceed with legal actions against the false charges.

Nelly was also arrested in 2015 for drug possession as police authorities found drug paraphernalia inside his tour bus.

False allegation

On his Twitter account, under username Nelly_Mo, Nelly tweeted his sentiments over the issue.

He said in his tweets how shocked he was and he insisted that the charges are merely false accusations. He also expressed his gratitude to his fans for their support.

Several fans of Nelly defended him on the alleged rape incident on social media. The rapper was scheduled to have his concert as part of his tour last Saturday night in Ridgefield, Washington.

However, the rapper did not perform in the said concert following the scandal. His fans were disappointed that he was not able to perform in Washington following his arrest

Auburn police are still investigating the incident.