Woman who accused rapper Nelly of rape drops charges

Nelly was not and has not been charged with a crime

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)
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)

SEATTLE (AP) — A woman who said the rapper Nelly raped her on his tour bus in a Seattle suburb last weekend is dropping her pursuit of criminal charges.

News outlets report that lawyer Karen Koehler said in a statement Friday that her client wanted to stop the investigation and would refuse to testify in court.

Koehler says the woman “wishes she had not called 911 because she believes the system is going to fail her.”

Auburn police arrested Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr., early Saturday in his tour bus at a Walmart. He was booked into jail on suspicion of second-degree rape and released later that day.

He has not been charged with a crime.

Nelly’s attorney, Scott Rosenblum, has called the rape claim a “completely fabricated allegation.”