Prosecutors dropped rape charges against the rapper Nelly on Thursday, after his accuser refused to cooperate with investigators.
The 43-year-old rapper plans to take legal action against his 21-year-old accuser to clear his name and save his reputation, his lawyer tells People.
The women said Nelly raped her on his tour bus in October in King County, Washington – shortly after the woman said she wanted to stop the investigation.
Nelly’s reps told the publication on Friday: ‘The formal close of the investigation into the false allegations made against Nelly is of course welcome — however expected.
‘We were confident that what our investigation revealed from the outset of this allegation would ultimately be clear and Nelly would be vindicated.’
The statement continued: ‘A thorough investigation did show Nelly was a victim of deceitful allegation devoid of credibility. Credible evidence did show this accuser to be deceptive.
‘We have been in constant communication with the King County authorities and welcomed and appreciated the diligence in which the authorities proceeded leaving no stone unturned.’
In October the Auburn police arrested Nelly – real name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr. – in his tour bus at a Walmart.
He was booked into jail on suspicion of second-degree rape and released.
The Texas-born rapper’s lawyers wanted to make it clear that the Dilemma singer takes rape allegations seriously and believes women should come forward if violated.
‘Nelly recognizes the need for women who are victims of sexual assault of any kind to be heard and our existing systems changed.’
‘Nelly supports various women’s advocacy groups that deal with sexual assault and violence against women and is dedicated to raising awareness and furthering the conversation to bring about necessary changes.
‘However, this type of reckless false allegation cannot be tolerated as it is an affront to the real survivors of sexual assault,’ the statement continued.
‘Nelly has suffered very real damage to his reputation. He has incurred economic loss and painfully has watched his family suffer.’
His lawyer ended: ‘As a result Nelly is planning to proceed with litigation as the first step in restoring his reputation.’