Woman Who Accused Nelly of Rape Elects to Drop Case

According to an open letter attributed to her lawyer, the woman will also not testify.

16 October 2017, 8:02am

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This article originally appeared on Noisey US.

The woman who accused rapper Nelly of raping her on a tour bus in Washington State last weekend wants to drop criminal charges and will not testify in court, according to her lawyer Karen Koehler. In an open letter shared online Koehler, wrote that her client "wishes she had not called 911 because she believes the system is going to fail her."

"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," Koehler's letter continued, setting out details of her client's alleged experience in the case. "One day, maybe our world will change and 30 women will not be needed to (eventually) speak out against a celebrity who has hurt them in order to be believed," she wrote in apparent reference to this week's revelations about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. "But that day has not yet come."

Scott Rosenblaum, one of Nelly's lawyers, told the New York Times that the woman's decision to drop criminal charges came as "welcome news," though he claimed that it was "simply not enough." Rosenblaum maintained that it was a "reckless allegation" and insisted that he would encourage Nelly to pursue "whatever legal options are available to him".

The Auburn Police department said that the case would not be brought to a close because of the woman's intention not to pursue criminal charges or testify in court. "We're not going to just halt the investigation," said Commander Steve Stocker of the department, speaking to the Times. "We're still investigating the case, and it's probably going to be referred to the prosecutor's office sometime next week."

Nelly was arrested last Saturday after the alleged sexual assault following a show in Auburn, Washington.

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