Nelly Accused Of Second-Degree Rape…We Don’t Know About His Guilt Or Innocence But He’s Got To Do Better

October 9, 2017  |  


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Over the weekend, Midwest rapper Nelly was arrested for allegedly raping a woman. According to TMZ, the 21-year-old woman was raped on the rapper’s tour bus which was located in a Walmart parking lot in Seattle, Washington during the time of the alleged assault.

According to the victim, the alleged rape occurred on Saturday morning at 3:48 a.m. By 4:37 a.m., Nelly was arrested on second degree rape charges. He was released later that day.

Later in the weekend, TMZ obtained a statement from the alleged victim. The woman said she had been partying with Nelly before he forced her to have sex with him without a condom.

The Seattle resident claimed she met Nelly at a club where the two drank and she got tipsy. From there, the girl went to an after party on the rapper’s tour bus. She said she was in Nelly’s room when he tried to initiate sex with her. She said no. She claims that Nelly told her to “shut up” and said he wanted to have sex with her without protection. She said he did so despite her objection.

Afterward, the woman says Nelly offered her money but she declined. Later, a woman came up and said “You gotta go.” The woman kicked the accuser off the bus and threw a $100 bill at her.

Nelly was arrested less than an hour later. The second degree rape charge indicates that the force was used on a victim who was incapable of consent due to being physically helpless, mentally incapacitated or developmentally disabled.

Scott Rosenblum, Nelly’s lawyer, told TMZ that this young woman will eventually be exposed as a liar.

“It does not surprise me that she wanted to have her story publicized. That is playbook 101 of a person with an agenda and clearly she has one. The agenda is money, fame and notoriety.”

Rosenblum said he has hired an investigator who “will be able to show by objective evidence and unbiased witnesses that she has zero credibility.”

He continued, “She’s a person who is making a dangerous, fraudulent allegation to accomplish her goals.”

The day he was released from jail, Nelly took to Twitter to defend himself against the rape allegations.

Nelly and his attorneys told USA Today, that he was not charged but released as they await the pending investigation.

I’m not going to conjecture about Nelly’s guilt or innocence in this matter. What I will say is that as someone who has been in the music industry for decades and is far from new to this, I can at least agree with his statement about putting himself in a messed up situation. Why, at 42-years-old, are you parking your tour bus at Walmart and bringing young women onto it? It’s just not smart. Even if Nelly’s band mates and tour members want to invite women onto the bus, he shouldn’t be around. Not only because he has a long term girlfriend but also because it doesn’t make sense. Honestly, people in small towns who’ve never been anywhere else hang out at Walmart like the club. And unlike most men with rap dreams, Nelly has fulfilled his. He’s topped the charts and traveled the world. I mean, the man was singing with the Cheerios Honey Bee at one point. I’m not saying that people with money should avoid Walmart. For many of us, it’s a necessary evil. But what’s the point of lingering, inviting people to party there? He, as evidenced by these claims, has too much to lose. Being accused of rape is just not good for business, particularly when you’re touring with a country group, who are likely playing for predominately White audiences. Given the fact that Nelly and Kevin Hart worked so closely together for their  series “Real Househusbands of Hollywood,” I would think that he would take the lesson from Kevin’s ordeal and make adjustments in his own life, as needed.

Today, on her show Wendy Williams said the accuser put herself in a bad situation. What she should have done was talk about the dangerous position Nelly put himself in having after parties at Walmart. After all, we likely don’t know the accuser’s name. We know Nelly’s.

Whether he’s doing all that he’s accused of or is just making bad decisions on tour, Nelly has got to do better.

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at She is also the author of “Bettah Days.” You can follow her on Facebook and on Instagram and Twitter @VDubShrug.

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