Nelly was released without charges a few hours after being booked on suspicion of rape following allegations from a woman who claimed that he had assaulted her on his tour bus in Auburn, Wash., his lawyer has confirmed.
The investigation is still pending, despite the rapper not being charged. He is currently on tour with Florida Georgia Line, and although he was scheduled to perform Saturday night in Ridgefield, Wash., he did not make the show.
Nelly was arrested at about 4:37 a.m. on Saturday in a Walmart parking lot.
His attorney, Scott Rosenblum, said the rapper is “the victim of a completely fabricated allegation.”
“Our initial investigation clearly establishes this allegation is devoid of credibility and is motivated by greed and vindictiveness,” Rosenblum said in a statement. “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.”
Nelly also tweeted his innocence in the early hours of Sunday morning, writing that he was “beyond shocked” at the allegations. He also apologized to his loved ones for the “embarrassment and putting [himself] in a situation where [he] could be victimized,” and thanked his fans for their “unwavering support,” assuring them that he will be vindicated. “In other words, y’all know damn well I ain’t do no dumb S^*t like this..!!” he finished.