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US rapper Nelly arrested over tour-bus rape allegations

AFP  |  Los Angeles 

Grammy Award-winning rapper Nelly was arrested today after a woman accused him of raping her in his tour bus, police in the northwestern state of said.

Just before 4 am local time a woman called the emergency 911 line "to report that she was sexually assaulted by a male, who is known as the rapper 'Nelly,'" police in Auburn, said.

After police investigated the incident, "at 4:37 AM Nelly was taken into custody and booked" at the local jail, the police statement read.

The alleged assault reportedly took place on the tour bus hours after Nelly had performed at the White River Amphitheatre just east of Auburn.

A lawyer for Nelly vehemently denied the charges.

Nelly -- born Cornell Haynes Jr. -- "is the victim of a completely fabricated allegation," the unnamed lawyer told the TMZ celebrity site.

The allegation "is motivated by greed and vindictiveness," the lawyer said, adding that Nelly "is prepared to pursue all legal avenues to redress any damage caused."

According to TMZ, Nelly, whose schedule has him performing Saturday evening with country duo Florida Georgia Line in the city of Ridgefield, a two-hour drive to the south of Auburn, was booked on a charge of second-degree rape.

Throughout his career Nelly has received 12 Grammy nominations and won three Grammy awards, including for best rap solo performance in 2003.

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First Published: Sun, October 08 2017. 00:22 IST