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#ICYMI: Legal Battle Intensifize Following Nelly’s Recent Arrest For Rape

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In case you missed it, Rapper Nelly made pretty big headlines over the weekend. On Saturday, TMZ broke the story that he was arrested for rape.  His accuser says that after a night of partying and drinking with Nelly at a club in Washington State, the 21 year old Seattle native, was taken to his tour bus where she was alone with him in his room. She says that he tried to have sex with her but she said no  She claims Nelly told her to “shut up” and said he wanted to have sex with her without protection, which she says he did over her objections.  

The victim claims that afterward, Nelly offered her money, but she declined, and then a woman came up and said, “You gotta go.” She kicked her off the bus and threw $100 at her.

Nelly’s lawyer, Scott Rosenblum, told TMZ, “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.”

Nelly was released shortly after, but the story has clearly been developing over the last few day.  The Lawyer of Nelly’s accuser, Karen Koehler, has since written a letter to the prosecutor, stating that the rapper and his lawyer bullied her through their reaction.

“It is morally reprehensible for an accused person and his bully lawyer to issue derogatory and defamatory statements against a young alleged rape victim.”

She adds, “It is also criminal — in the State of Washington — when those vicious attacks are issued in the form of threats.”

 

Rosenblum responded to Koehler saying, “I would suggest rereading the [intimidating a witness] statute. I would further suggest talking to some of the unbiased witnesses.”

He then told TMZ … “Nelly will continue to respond to her client’s baseless allegations.”

This Odds are that this story is far from over.  We’ll do our best to keep you up to date, just in case you missed it.