Rapper Nelly recently released a statement to The Source about his ongoing sexual assault case in the United Kingdom and how he believes the lawyers for the accuser is “doing a severe disservice to women and true victims that need a safe system to report assaults against them.”
Here is his statement in its entirety:
“It is time for me to personally speak up against this! I have remained quiet and haven’t said anything or done anything other than fully cooperate on every level of the investigation to allow law enforcement to do whatever they need to get to the bottom of these accusations.
In spite of my complete cooperation, this same lawyer in both cases against me, is claiming the police in two different countries ‘won’t help her clients,’ ‘are incompetent’ and is consistently painting a picture that I am ‘bullying the police’ in two different countries to not do their job.
Not only is this attorney continuously damaging my reputation to forge ahead with civil suits to get money, she is doing a severe disservice to women and true victims that need a safe system to report assaults against them with claims like ‘police won’t help’ and ‘botched the case.’
‘Clients are being treated like suspects by the police’ leaving real victims to feel like reporting would be of no help. I would also advise my own two daughters to report and fully cooperate with authorities no matter what the circumstances are and how difficult the process may become if you are truly a victim of such a heinous crime.
Also, by running to the media for her own gain, she is creating the misconception that true victims would be under intense scrutiny and bullied by the police intended to help and protect true victims.”
In 2017, this unnamed woman has accused Nelly of masturbating in front of her and forcing his penis in her mouth after one his concerts. She later sued the rapper and an investigation was launched.