The rape case against American rapper Nelly has been dropped and he now plans to sue his accuser in a bid to clear his name.
The 43-year-old rapper was accused of raping a woman on his tour bus, and since his arrest on October 7, he has maintained his innocence.
In a statement to E! News, his attorney Scott Rosenblum said:
A thorough investigation did show Nelly was a victim of deceitful allegation devoid of credibility. Credible evidence did show this accuser to be deceptive. We have been in constant communication with the King County authorities and welcomed and appreciated the diligence in which the authorities proceeded leaving no stone unturned,Nelly recognizes the need for women who are victims of sexual assault of any kind to be heard and our existing systems changed.
Nelly supports various women’s advocacy groups that deal with sexual assault, and violence against women and is dedicated to raising awareness and furthering the conversation to about bring about necessary changes. However, this type of reckless false allegation cannot be tolerated as it is an affront to the real survivors of sexual assault.
Nelly has suffered very real damage to his reputation. He has incurred economic loss and painfully has watched his family suffer. As a result Nelly is planning to proceed with litigation as the first step in restoring his reputation.”