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Rapper Nelly, born Cornell Haynes Jr., has been released from a Washington state jail and not charged after his Saturday-morning arrest for an alleged rape, according to reports.

The rapper tweeted the news of his release Saturday night:

As reported earlier by The Root, Nelly was arrested early Saturday morning after a woman accused him of raping her on his tour bus.

The rapper proclaimed his innocence of the second-degree-rape charges through his lawyer shortly after the news broke; the lawyer said that the Grammy-winning rapper was the “victim of a completely fabricated allegation.” Second-degree rape indicates that force was used or that the victim was mentally or physically incapable of giving consent.

Nelly missed a Saturday-evening show in Ridgefield, Wash., where he was due to perform with pop-country duo Florida Georgia Line.


On Saturday, Nelly spoke to the rape allegations in a series of tweets, apologizing to his loved ones for putting himself in a precarious “situation” and thanking his fans for their “unwavering support”:








No word yet on whether the 42-year-old will continue his tour dates. His next scheduled stop is Oct. 12 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Read more at USA Today.

Ms. Bronner Helm is the Deputy Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.

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