Nelly used to be the Band-Aid enthusiast who gave instructions on the best way to deal with a sudden rise in indoor temperature (1. Take off all your clothes). Lately he’s been known more as someone who has been racking up sexual assault allegations. A few weeks ago, Nelly was accused for a second and third time of sexual assault by two women in the UK, known only as Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2. One of those allegations caught the attention of the police, and now Nelly is under a criminal investigation.
TMZ says that UK police are investigating an incident that allegedly happened after a performance by Nelly in Essex last December. The woman (Jane Doe 2) approached Nelly after the show for a picture, which turned into Nelly allegedly taking her to a room next to his dressing room, masturbating, attempting to remove JD2’s top, and allegedly forcing her to give him oral sex.
Around the same time in December, a woman named Monique Greene who had accused Nelly of raping her on a tour bus two months earlier in Seattle, Washington (then decided not to testify) decided to sue Nelly for sexual assault and defamation. JD2 claims she waited to report the incident, because she didn’t think anyone would believe her when it happened back in December.
Nelly’s attorney Scott Rosenblum spoke to TMZ about this most recent investigation in the UK, and not surprisingly, Nelly is denying he did anything wrong. Scott also implies this is all about Monique Greene’s attempt at a cash-grab.
“These allegations arose after Ms. Greene 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.”
The Blast says that that they’ve obtained documents pertaining to Jane Doe 1’s allegations (she claims Nelly got her into a VIP area after a show, and put his hand up her skirt without her consent). It’s not known whether police are also investigating JD1’s claims. Essex police would only confirm that they’re investigating “after a woman reported to us that she was sexually assaulted.” But if JD1 has filed a formal report (which it sounds like she did), paired with the fact that the police already have Nelly’s number, it’s probably safe to assume someone is going to look into it.
Nelly’s attorney is really reaching up on the top shelf of excuses by dragging Nelly’s girlfriend Shantel Jackson into it. I’m skeptical. By his side? For every show? And she didn’t miss a single one because she was at the hospital? Call me Elle Woods, but it’s just not humanly possible to listen to “Hot in Herre” every day for weeks on end without suffering some major ear trauma.