Nelly has been released after he was arrested over rape allegations, USA Today has reported.

The rapper was taken into custody on Saturday morning after a woman accused him of raping her on his tour bus in Washington.

The 42-year-old is on tour with Florida Georgia Line there, had been set to perform in Ridgefield on Saturday night, but has since pulled out of the gig.

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Upon his release, Nelly released a statement on Twitter branding the allegations false, and apologizing for ‘putting himself in the situation.’

‘Let me say that I am beyond shocked that I have been targeted with this false allegation. I am completely innocent. I am confident that once the facts are looked at, it will be very clear that I am the victim of a false allegation,’ he wrote.

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‘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.’

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He then summarized: ‘In other words y’all know damn well I ain’t do no dumm S^*t like this..!! Love ..!!!!’

He also said he had not been charged with a crime in a follow-up tweet: ‘To be absolutely clear. I have not been charged with a crime therefore no bail was required. I was released , pending further investigation.’

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