Woman asks police, prosecutor not to pursue charges against Nelly
SEATTLE -- A woman who told police that the rapper Nelly sexually assaulted her says she doesn't want Auburn police or prosecutors to pursue criminal charges because "she believes the system is going to fail her," her lawyer says,
The lawyer, Karen Koehler, wrote Friday that the woman, a 21-year-old college student, will not testify against Nelly.
"She never wanted notoriety. She never wanted a dime from that man," Koehler wrote.
"She wants to go back to school and to graduate. And this she cannot do if she remains hidden in her room, crying her heart out."
Koehler told KOMO News that police and prosecutors have been informed of the woman's wishes not to pursue charges and not to testify.
The King County Prosecutor's Office said Friday that it has not received a case from Auburn police. Auburn police have not responded to a request for comment.
Koehler writes that the woman has been hurt by statements Nelly and his attorney made about her. Koehler says Auburn police had disclosed officers had met with her when she was assured that that fact would not be disclosed until the investigation is closed.
After leaving a hospital where a rape kit was administered, the woman was "besieged by text messages of internet articles already describing the incident." Then she got a call from a reporter, Koehler said.
"Every step of the way since she called 911, she wishes she had not. Not because what happened didn't occur exactly the way she described it. Not because she didn't want the police to charge the celebrity with the alleged rape.
"She wishes she had not called 911 because she believes the system is going to fail her."
According to Auburn police, a woman called 911 about 3:48 a.m. Saturday to report that she had been sexually assaulted by Nelly. The woman told police the assault reportedly happened on the tour bus that was parked outside a Wal-Mart in Auburn following a show Nelly had performed at the White River Amphitheater Friday night.
Nelly was arrested, then released Saturday. He was not charged with a crime.
The performer and his lawyer both called the allegations against him as false.
On Friday, the performer's lawyer, Scott Rosenblum, called the new welcome and suggested that Nelly might take some sort of legal action against the woman.
"This is simply not enough. Her reckless accusation, once investigated thoroughly, was exposed for what it was --a fabrication. A fabrication that has caused Nelly and his family to suffer emotionally and financially. It is not enough. This type of reckless allegation is an affront to women who are real victims of sexual assault. I am suggesting that Nelly seeks a public apology.
"I am further suggesting that Nelly considers whatever legal options are available to him. Nelly, humbly thanks his fans for their unwavering loyalty."