Rapper Nelly released without charges after rape arrest

Rapper maintains his innocence, calls claim a complete fabrication

Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr., known as Nelly, performs at Philips Arena on the Main Event tour on Saturday, June 6, 2015, in Atlanta. (Photo by Robb D. Cohen/Invision/AP)

SEATTLE (AP) — Rapper Nelly was released from jail on Saturday while the police investigate an accusation by a woman who says he raped her on his tour bus.

Auburn police said they received a 911 call from the woman and they arrested Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr., about 4:37 a.m. Saturday.

Nelly’s attorney, Scott Rosenblum, said Saturday afternoon that the singer was released from jail pending the investigation.

Nelly performed at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, Washington, on Friday night. He’s on tour with Florida Georgia Line.

At 12:23 a.m. Saturday, after that show, he sent out a Tweet that said in part: “its (sic) really you against the whole world because the whole world don’t know you exist.”

Musician Nelly attends the Brown Shoe Company Celebrates 100 Years on New York Stock Exchange event at 4 World Trade Center on April 23, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Chance Yeh/Getty Images)

Rosenblum called the rape claim a “completely fabricated allegation.”

“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 an email.

Nelly is a three-time Grammy winner, including for the song “Hot in Herre,” which won the best male rap solo performance award in 2002.

The song has been sampled and re-recorded by other artists and is ranked No. 21 on a Rolling Stone magazine list of top summer songs. Nelly is also known for the hits “My Place” and “Over and Over.” He appeared in the 2005 film “The Longest Yard.”

The following year he shared a Grammy for the song “Shake Ya Tailfeather” with Murphy Lee and Sean Combs.

Nelly is also a minority owner of the Charlotte Hornets.