The woman who accused rapper Nelly of raping her aboard his tour bus in Seattle last weekend is no longer pursuing criminal charges against the entertainer, reportedly amid concerns that authorities would not take her concern seriously.
Attorney Karen Koehler – who represents the woman at the center of the allegations – wrote a letter to investigators and local news outlets claiming that her client “wishes she had not called 911 because she believes the system is going to fail her,” TMZ reported.
“She wonders who is she to go by her small ‘unimportant’ self against a celebrity,” the letter continued. “Who will believe her. People are saying horrible things already. She cannot handle this. She is about to break. She wants to close the door. She wants this to end. She just cannot bear it.”
“One day, maybe our world will change and thirty women will not be needed to (eventually) speak out against a celebrity who has hurt them in order to be believed,” the letter read, noting that the accuser “never wanted notoriety” and “never wanted a dime from that man.”
“But that day has not come,” Koehler wrote on behalf of her client.
Nelly was arrest on Saturday on his tour bus as it was parked at a Walmart in Auburn, Washington, on suspicion of second-degree rape. He was released later that day and has not been charged with a crime in relation to the accusations.
Now, attorney Scott Rosenblum is blasting the woman’s claim as a “completely fabricated allegation” that was not supported by facts.
“Our initial investigation clearly establishes this allegation is devoid of credibility and is motivated by greed and vindictiveness,” he said. “I am confident, once this scurrilous accusation is thoroughly investigated, there will be no charges.”