DA On Why He’s Dropping Nelly’s Rape Case

Back in October, Nelly was arrested after a fan claimed to have been raped by Nelly on the St. Louis rapper’s tour bus after a night out at the club in Washington. Later that month, the accuser wanted the case dropped and said she would not testify against Nelly. The accuser’s lawyer Karen Koehler had this to say on why her client would no longer cooperate:

We do not live in a society where a 21 year old college student can feel safe enough to pursue criminal charges against a celebrity for an alleged rape… She wonders who is she to go by her small ‘unimportant’ self against a celebrity. Who will believe her. People are saying horrible things about her 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.

Nelly’s attorney, Scott Rosenblum responded by calling the allegations “completely fabricated,” “devoid of credibility,” and “motivated by greed and vindictiveness.”

Even after the accuser said she would not testify and effectively stop cooperating, authorities kept the case open and continued to investigate, but that changed today. The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announced today that the charges were dropped because without the help of the accuser it would be “impossible for them to go forward.”