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St. Louis rapper Nelly (real name Cornell Haynes Jr.) is under criminal investigation for sexual assault in England. As TMZ reported Tuesday, it stems from an incident that allegedly took place after a concert at Cliffs Pavilion in Essex, England on December 5 of last year.

Details from the report line up significantly with an anonymous report included in a court complaint against the rapper last month. A woman, referred to as “Jane Doe 2" in the complaint, met Nelly during a photo op after the Cliffs Pavillion show, when, she claims, he whispered in her ear to stay behind afterwards. From there, she went with her friends into his dressing room. She alleges he asked her to join him, privately, in a separate room. She says that once they got in the room, he masturbated in front of her, kissed her, and attempted to pull her top off. Afterwards, Nelly allegedly pushed her head down and forced his penis into her mouth. The woman then ran out of the room, which apparently led Nelly to call her a “cunt.”


There are now three women who have accused Nelly of sexual assault, including Monique Green, who filed a lawsuit against the rapper after alleging he raped her on a tour bus in Washington in October of last year. In January, Green amended her lawsuit to include two more anonymous claims: the incident detailed above, and another woman who claimed that Nelly grabbed her leg and moved up her skirt without consent after a June 2016 show in the UK.

Nelly’s legal team has vehemently denied every accusation along the way, and didn’t change their tune in a new statement to TMZ, which invited any and all police investigations to prove his innocence:

“These allegations arose after Ms. Green amended her suit for money to include a reference to these claims. The fact that the police are investigating these claims is not new information and Nelly welcomes a thorough investigation. Nelly is confident that once investigated, these claims will be determined to be disingenuous...Nelly was accompanied by his girlfriend during this tour and she was at his side throughout. It is important that police investigate every allegation of this nature.”

We’ve reached out to representatives at Nelly’s label and will update this post if we hear back.

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