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Nelly Arrested on Rape Charge Following Seattle-Area Concert

UPDATE: Nelly has released a statement following his arrest Saturday morning on second-degree rape. “Let me say that I am beyond shocked that I have been targeted with this false allegation,” the rapper tweeted. “I am completely innocent. I am confident that once the facts are looked at, it will be very clear that I am the victim of a false allegation. I do want to apologize to my loved ones for the embarrassment and for putting myself in a situation where I could be victimized by this false and defaming allegation. I also want to thank my fans for their unwavering support. They know me. I assure you I will be vindicated. And I assure you, I will pursue every legal option to address this defaming claim.”

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Nelly was arrested early Saturday morning and charged with second-degree rape following an incident that occurred on the rapper’s tour bus following a Friday night concert in Auburn, Washington.

Nelly, born Cornell Haynes Jr., was booked into Des Moines, Washington’s SCORE Jail just before 6:40 a.m. PST Saturday, three hours after the Auburn Police Department responded to a call from a woman who said that the rapper raped her on the tour bus.

Nelly is currently on the Smooth Stadium Tour with Florida Georgia Line and the Backstreet Boys; the trek came to Auburn’s White River Amphitheatre on Friday night.

According to Q13 Fox, following the concert, Nelly came to nearby Seattle and picked up a woman who he then brought back to his tour bus in Auburn, which was parked behind a local Wal-Mart.

At 3:48 a.m., the woman called police and said Nelly sexually assaulted her on the bus. Auburn Police, citing probable cause for arrest, took the rapper into custody and charged him with second-degree rape. After less than 90 minutes at SCORE, Nelly was released from custody at 8:02 a.m.

“A female called 911 to report that she was sexually assaulted by a male, who is known as the rapper ‘Nelly.’ The alleged assault was reported to occur on the tour bus that was parked at the listed location,” Auburn Police said in a statement. “Nelly had performed at the White River Amphitheater just hours before.” The department added, “Auburn Police are continuing to investigate this incident. The above details are all we have to release at this time.”

The rapper’s representatives did not respond to Rolling Stone‘s request for comment, but a lawyer for Nelly told TMZ, “Nelly is the victim of a completely fabricated allegation. Our initial investigation, clearly establishes the allegation is devoid of credibility and is motivated by greed and vindictiveness. I am confident, once the scurrilous accusation is thoroughly investigated, there will be no charges. Nelly is prepared to pursue all all legal avenues to redress any damage caused by this clearly false allegation.”

The Smooth Stadium Tour comes to Ridgefield, Washington Saturday night.

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Kid Rock 'Applauds the Courage' of Harvey Weinstein Accusers

Kid Rock blasted producer Harvey Weinstein and commended the courageous women who exposed the film executive’s pattern of harassment in a post on the singer’s site.

“Most of us in the entertainment business have heard of these disgusting stories for years about these scumbag heads of studios, record labels, Fortune 500 companies, etc and how they prey on young women and men, especially in Hollywood, where most show up with stars in their eyes and are viewed / treated as nothing more than a toy by many of these assholes,” Rock wrote Friday, linking to the New York Times expose on Weinstein.

“I do not want to condemn all – I know there are good people in Hollywood, but I do condemn a great deal of these folks, especially the ones who know about this stuff first hand and have stayed silent for so many years or turned a blind eye.”

Rock added that he penned the piece and “put his own neck out there in a fight that’s not mine” for “my granddaughter, my sisters, my mother, my fiancé, but mostly for the people who have no voice.”

“The public knows at this point that these people also have big time publicists and lawyers who can sway the narrative, but the majority of us Americans do not buy your bullshit anymore,” Rock, potential Michigan senatorial candidate, continued.

“Best of luck to you victims and know that even though we do not see eye to eye on most things, folks like me still support, care and admire your courage to speak out. I hope Harvey gets the help he seeks, but I do not buy any of it at this point as I believe he is only going down this path because he cannot cover his own shit up any longer.”

Rock’s post came one day before the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s leaked “Grab them by the pussy” video.

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