Words by Jillian Bowe

Rapper Nelly is speaking out about his recent arrest surrounding rape allegations. Early Saturday morning, the St. Louis rapper was arrested in Washington state after a woman told police she was raped by Nelly.

TMZ reports, a woman claims Nelly raped her on his tour bus parked in a Walmart lot near the White River Amphitheater where he recently performed. Nelly is currently in Washington on tour with the country group Florida Georgia Line. According to the site, the woman called 911 at 3:48 a.m. Saturday morning to make the report. Sources say the woman specifically mentioned Nelly was the one who raped her.

Nelly was arrested around 7 a.m. after patrol officers investigated the claims and booked on second-degree rape charges and released a few hours later. Later on Saturday, Nelly vehemently denied the charges against him to his fans via Twitter and insisted he “Will be vindicated,” and apologized to his loved ones for placing himself in a “Situation” where he was accused of such a crime. Nelly tweeted,

Nelly’s lawyer Scott Rosenblum released a statement surrounding the allegations and claimed,

“Nelly is the victim of a completely fabricated allegation. Our initial investigation clearly establishes the allegation is devoid of credibility and is motivated by greed and vindictiveness. I am confident, once the scurrilous accusation is thoroughly investigated, there will be no charges. Nelly is prepared to pursue all legal avenues to redress any damage caused by this clearly false allegation.”

Later on in the day, Nelly re-tweeted an article by USA Today, where it claimed he wasn’t charged with rape but was being investigated for the accusations. Nelly then tweeted,

Nelly was slated to perform Saturday night with Florida Georgia Line but has decided against it.