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Rapper Nelly arrested on suspicion of rape

A woman alleges that Nelly raped her in a town outside Seattle.

Image: Seivan M Salim AP/PA Images

POLICE HAVE ARRESTED rapper Nelly after a woman said he raped her in a town outside Seattle, an accusation the Grammy winner’s lawyer staunchly denies.

Auburn police spokesman Commander Steve Stocker said officers arrested Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr, early this morning in his tour bus at a Walmart.

Nelly is scheduled to perform in Ridgefield, Washington, tonight.

Nelly’s lawyer, Scott Rosenblum, said the allegation was false and motivated by “greed and vindictiveness”.

“I am confident, once the scurrilous accusation is thoroughly investigated, there will be no charges,” his lawyer said.

Stocker says Nelly’s in jail and will have his first appearance before a judge “at some point”.

Nelly is known for his hits Hot in Herre, My Place and Over and Over. He also appeared in the 2005 film The Longest Yard.

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