Accuser Says He Forced Himself On Her

Girlfriend Shantel Jackson Was Also On the Bus?


Rapper Nelly took to his Twitter account to defend himself against rape allegations on Saturday afternoon.

The 42-year-old "Country Grammar" rapper, whose real name is Cornell Haynes, Jr., was taken into custody after a concert in Auburn, WA early Saturday.

Police say a woman called 911 to report she was sexually assaulted by the "Hot in Herre" rapper on his tour bus.

Police caught up with the bus parked behind a Walmart Supercenter in a shopping mall near Auburn.

Legions of Nelly's fans expressed shock and disappointment at the news.

"Let me say that I am beyond shocked that I have been targeted with this false allegation. I am completely innocent," Nelly tweeted after he was released without charges at 8:02 a.m. "I am confident that once the facts are looked at, it will be very clear that I am the victim of a false allegation."

"I do want to apologize to my loved ones for the embarrassment and for putting myself in a situation where I could be victimized by this false and defaming allegation. I also want to thank my fans for their unwavering support. They know me. I assure you I will be vindicated. And I assure you, I will pursue every legal option to address this defaming claim. Thank you."

He followed up by tweeting:

"In other words y'all know damm well I ain't do no dumm S^*t like this..!! Love ..!!!!" the rapper added. "To be absolutely clear. I have not been charged with a crime therefore no bail was required. I was released, pending further investigation."

Nelly's female accuser told gossip webloid TMZ that the rapper invited her on his tour bus after his concert at the White River Amphitheater near Auburn.

She said things went south quickly when the rapper had forcible sexual intercourse with her after she told him no.

She said afterwards, a woman approached her and told her "You gotta go," then escorted her off the bus and tossed a $100 bill at her.

Nelly is engaged to his longtime girlfriend Shantel Jackson. The couple star in E! Network's new reality TV series The Platinum Life. Shantel was reportedly on the bus at the time of the incident.

In a statement to ET on Saturday, Nelly's lawyer, Scott Rosenblum, said his client will be vindicated. He called the allegations against Nelly "completely fabricated" and he said he is "confident once this scurrilous accusation is thoroughly investigated, there will be no charges."

But the rape allegations were apparently too much for country music duo Florida Georgia Line, who are on tour with the rapper.

Nelly cancelled a scheduled performance in Ridgefield, Washington, this coming weekend. Ticket refunds are available at the point of purchase.

Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images

  • stav

    I want to know how in the world is he still touring in the US? Who in their right mind wants to hear " Shake a tailfeather" or "Air force 1's"? That's the real story here!

  • xenaD

    There were some videos on another blog of nelly playing in some little girls hair... it was a lil uncomfortable to watch, especially, immediately after his rape allegations surfaced!! But I believe 100% Nelly didn’t rape nan hoe

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  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    These artist are going to have to stop pulling their penis out for every smiling faced stan and show some self control. At this point why put yourself out there like this. Some of these chicks are on check missions by any means necessary. I hope Nelly will be vindicated. I am a fan and i hope he has not violated this woman.

  • rere

    They need to start making fan's sign a disclosure immediately when they encountering them period

  • You Could Never

    They arent there to see him per se . He is an opening act for a country group.

    But hip hop acts do sucessful oldies tours all the time if they were there to see those songs.

  • You Could Never

    I hope this is not true Nelly. If it is I hope they throw the book at you tho. Huge fan I am but right is right.

  • hottlanta

    Nelly is my man crush. UMP, UMP, UMP!!!! How is TMZ all over the place before regular news. Makes me wonder sometimes.

  • nick c

    A disclosure to be recorded! That's the only way to protect yourself from these lies have cameras on the bus.

  • MookieFly

    Um "Hot In Herre" was the jam and loads of now grown folks will show up and show out. Country music fest be damned

  • rere

    I promise! Honestly at this point I wouldn't dare deal with a groupie

  • Faux Gibbler

    I knew something stunk here.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I'm Team Nelly. He has been in the game too long to do some dumb shyt like this... At this age and stage I just don't see him risking it all by trying to force a woman to do what legions of fans will do for free...

  • ThisHarryHere

    Ok, so lets just say he didn't rape the accuser. Why is he not addressing the act of twirling tween hair on stage?

  • Marlika

    Some of us prefer to listen to music from their era not this mumble bullshit that's out now.

  • Ni Ni

    I am just amazed at how many people are so dang brainwashed by celebrities. It's like they're living in La La land...wake up! Even if you know someone personally, you shouldn't ever say what they wouldn't do. People have different sides.

  • Karen Brady


  • Ni Ni

    I saw him doing that to TWO little girls and some people were commenting that wasn't nothing wrong with it. Society is lost.

  • Bonita

    Not once did he say he didn't have sex with her. My perception, based upon his response, is that the allegation of rape is what he's saying is false. But for him to say "y'all know damn well . . . " ummm, no sir. "Y'all" don't know you outside of your music to know what it is you are or aren't capable of. I would've thought you'd have had better judgment than to serenade a little girl on stage to that inappropriate song, twirling her hair, and invading her personal space, but you don't. So please don't talk about what "y'all know" when it comes to your actions.

  • Ms.Devereaux

    Thank you that video was creepy as hell

  • Bonita

    I cringed as I watched it. I can't believe the parents didn't intervene.

  • darealwifey

    These men are going to leave people's kids out of it. It was WEIRD! Chances are, it was someone else's idea...but who knows.

  • Noirluv45

    OMG, I was horrified! It came to me a moment ago that the little girl was probably with some dumbstruck teenager or young adult who was more than happy to have Nelly give her little charge attention. Everyone in that audience should've been incensed!

  • Noirluv45

    Thank you!

  • Noirluv45

    Sometimes I wonder if the "There's nothing wrong with it" crowd are saying that to get people incensed. Some people were saying that when those two moronic teenagers (one being the cousin) of the baby (8 months) put her the refrigerator.

  • You Could Never

    Comes to find out he does that song and calls a little girl up to stage is part of his set list. he does it every city. its creepy

  • Noirluv45

    It's REAL creepy and looks right pedophilish!

  • LuLu

    "for putting myself in a situation where I could be victimized by this false and defaming allegation."

    "y’all know damm well I ain’t do no dumm S^*t like this..!!"
    If YOU rolled the dice (after all this time) and invited a drunk groupie onto your tour bus, knowing you have a fiance, knowing the groupie was there for ONE reason...if you took a chance on all that- why should we take a chance and defend you? We don't know what happened. As my great-grandmother used to say, "It's bad to lose your head over a piece of tail."

  • millz

    Humiliation ritual ?

  • CaramelDrop

    Funny you mentioned that. Hubby just had me listening to a video about the same - I wouldn't be shocked at all!???

  • 1BlueStar

    Okay, sooo maybe she didn't get "raped" but she was definitely on that bus and she definitely got f'kd. Now the "dumm sh*t" part in all of this is WHY in the hell would Nelly still be inviting groupies back to the tour bus?? All of them are looking for a come up...either you bout to be a baby daddy or a "rape" suspect...allegedly. He's been doing this for too long and should know better...

  • SolEK Ennis-Klyczek

    Jeez! Is there anything more recent than Country Grammar to refer to? Maan, I won the spelling bee thirty years ago. If I ever get a write-up, I hope they include that, even if it's unrelated.

  • NicoleZee

    He's no different than Bundy or Dahmer, they brutally raped people too, only difference is this young lady lived to tell her story. I believe he raped her while she was incapacitated. He's a sick piece of shit. I hope he goes to prison where they can show him how it feels to be raped and brutalized. Anyone supporting him is just as sick and sinister as he is. I have a son and other children in my life, let them do some sick shit like this, it will be the last time I promise you. My mama don't play that shit and neither do I. Parents need to do better, parenting does NOT stop at 18. Men will continue to abuse and assault women, especially with sick dummies supporting and encouraging them. Sickening.

  • NicoleZee

    Well said and very true. I am a bit more cynical and I know that where there's smoke, there's fire. He raped her and due to his fame and money, he will probably get away with it. I really wish that people would quit being so mesmerized by how much they like someone or their celeb status. Anyone can commit a crime, no one is immune from being a sicko. Anyone that would support a sick piece of shit like him is just as sick as he is and shouldn't breathe either. No one stands up for women and children who get abused, molested, raped, and/or killed. I wish that the law allowed for rapists and abusers to be automatically executed, they deserve death and hell. No decent person harms another like that. It's sick.

  • Deetruth

    He seems like a perv R.kelly type of guy .

  • jessica

    If I were famous my house, tour bus, office etc would all be fitted with video cameras.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    He's old enough to know better. If he did it, throw the book at him.

  • MS.BEE


  • Deetruth

    He is a creeeeeep for sure

  • Deetruth

    He has issues and he used to sleep with Pdiddy for money . He is a nasty musician just like the rest of them . Mase, Usher plenty of these guys are sick in the head .

  • Deetruth

    Justin Bieber went crazy because of what these men did to him in the business as a child .

  • NicoleZee

    Most men are, sadly. If they see an opportunity to take advantage of someone, they will. No means yes to men. Even when you say you don't want them or you don't want sex, they don't care. Very sad. Women will never be respected nor will we ever have a voice. It will never end. Men don't respect women or their right to say anything. It starts at home. Most of these sick men had horrible mothers and sometimes absent fathers. If the father is not in the home, the mother needs to be both mother and father and raise their sons to respect women and to understand that no always means no, period!!!

  • Noirluv45

    Uh huh, sure is.

  • NicoleZee

    Best comment I've read all day. I wonder what kind of parents he had.

  • Numba Pulla

    "Yall know damn well i aint do no dumm shit like this" ...Neeguh, first of all.... We dont know no such thang.

  • Bonita

    Wouldn't be my child! That's crazy.

  • You Could Never

    Yes it wasnt a one time incident the other night. He been doing that as part of his show. I will admit I dont like it and it gives me the willies

  • Karen Brady


  • MythCalledLove

    The part where he brings young girls on the stage needs to be stopped.Twirling her hair it was not appropriate and I'm surprised his camp let him continue doing it. I didn't know the part about a woman telling her she needs to leave now then throwing 100 bill at her. I hope she has very solid evidence. And Wal-Mart has crazy parking lot security cameras so they need to check them. The whole thing with someone leading off the bus throwing the money at her. That sounds like it could hv happened. But she talks to TMZ red flag.

  • Seek Truth Speak Truth

    His fiancée was on the bus? WTH?

  • ebonics

    FOR REAL!!!!!! I am all about old school music in general, but Nelly never made good music! He was a fad of the 90s, like Petey Pablo and em.. If im going to go see some old school ish, its gonna be good! Wu-tang, Lox, Pete Rock, Cormega, Camp Lo etc.. I aint wasting my time and hard earned money on.. Nelly. LOL!!!

  • stav

    My thoughts exactly!

  • Mrs Mary

    These Rappers going to learn stop picking up strays for fun and threesomes....SAD!!! I knew them white boys he was touring with was going to kick him off the tour! OAN now I know what goes on in those trucks and buses I see parked behind Walmart..thanks Nelly! LMBO

  • the guest

    I think Nelly meant to say, I don't know what came over me but I messed up and I hope they can't prove it. Nelly has gotten himself into a pickle. His female roadie handled the victim very wrong.

  • the guest

    This I believe.

  • the guest

    I believe this.

  • LithiumHaitianFlower

    None of it is far fetched. If she called police the same nights, a rape kit was administered. Shantel will mostly likely stand by him smh

  • LithiumHaitianFlower

    Probably picked up a YOUNG woman for a hot 3some then the Young lady backed out and says no smh

  • akuakokoblogspotcom

    All of this ?

  • Chocolate

    Yikes. Diddy keeps coming up when assault allegations surface. Is he well known as being on the DL and I just missed it?
    I remember being in NY and it was like a common rumor that Busta is gay

  • Chocolate

    But rape isn't about sex and what if drugs are involved? He did seem high while interacting with the children. Or, he could've been exhausted and dehydrated. Idk...

  • NeverSurprised

    Sandra, please do a follow-up post about his inappropriate behavior with little 8 and 9 year old girls on stage -- gyrating close to them, singing sexually suggestive songs in their faces/ears, and finally FONDLING their hair in a VERY sexually suggestive manner. I want to know how many mothers/aunts of young girls will continue to support him after seeing this:

    There are now tons of videos online of him doing this with little girls, pre-teens and teens at his shows.

  • dontgetblocked

    He'll be charged when that rape kit comes back. I will never get the image of him singing to that little girl and twirling her hair. He's worse than Bill Cosby.

  • ThisHarryHere

    Proof? cause you sound like you are running low on aluminum foil...

  • Quitedeliteful

    Hmmm... I didn't consider the drug angle... I have to find video of him singing to children. That's just crazy!!!

  • Just this one time

    I wouldn't have believed it until I've seen it. That is some sick Sugar Honey Iced Tea.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Is there video of this? I've never been to any of his concerts. I just can't understand why he'd be onstage crooning to little girls. This is crazy!!!

  • ThisHarryHere

    Hmm, Interesting. I didn't't even think of that. Even though it may have been someone else idea, he agreed with it. He was also very close to her face. Like he was dang near singing into her mouth. Now i'm not saying he has pedobear tendencies but that whole exchange seemed off. I could see if that was his child but that was a stranger and way too intimate, the way he was singing to those girls...

  • Coffee1st

    That poor boy be lookin traumatized..

  • NeverSurprised
  • dontgetblocked

    Never Surprised posted it below and it's all over the Internet.

  • BrittBrat2005

    Some the tour buses do have cameras, just in case someone breaks into the buses while they park at hotels and concerts. It has been numerous of artists to get rob in some cities. Maybe now on he probably put a cam on board

  • IamAllnatural

    That's hard to watch, I feel disgusted. Why would her parent allow her on stage with a grown man & why was she at his concert? Not a good look for Nelly.

  • Ms.Devereaux

    Someone told me when I posted the video on IG that the little girl was with her dad!! That person commented said they saw the whole video . I was like who takes thier child to see Nelly and at night through the week at that!!!

  • Noirluv45

    I read that today! I question that dad big time. I wonder if he's a pervert too. He had no business taking that child there!

  • NeverSurprised

    The thing that's most infuriating is that women in the audience are screaming their APPROVAL as he does it. We are truly
    a LOST society.

  • NeverSurprised

    It's not just one girl. He does it at every show -- little girls and pre-teens. That he has been getting away with it so long with NO ONE EXPOSING HIM is what is really troubling.

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  • Dahl

    I wish I hadn't watched that. How her father didn't charge the stage and crack his jaw is beyond me...

  • Dahl

    Why do I feel like the female was Shantel...

  • itsjismemelly

    something aint right, lets see these results

  • Chocolate

    It really is. Let me know what you think. I thought it was adorable until he twirled her hair and got too close combined with how visibly uncomfortable she was like he ignored that. Eeek

  • Applebootay

    EXACTLY or the MOM....

  • Quitedeliteful

    Looking at this video is shocking. I don't know how Nelly thinks crooning to little girls is cute. Not a good look at all....