Right after the allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein went public in October 2017, a woman accused singer Nelly of rape and the rapper was arrested. No criminal charges were filed, but now two additional women have come forward to say they were sexually assaulted by the “Hot in Herre” singer.
Nelly — born Cornell Haynes Jr. — was arrested in October after Monique Greene accused him of raping her on his tour bus. Prosecutors said they didn’t charge him because Greene was not cooperating with the case. Greene’s lawyer, Karen Koehler, issued a letter (which is no longer available online) stating how the alleged victim did not want to testify against him and was not seeking notoriety. But after the rapper came forward saying that Greene made up her story, the 22-year-old University of Washington student decided to sue him for defamation and sexual assault.
In documents from Greene’s lawsuit, two anonymous women also accuse Nelly of sexual assault. Like Greene’s account, the other women’s stories are disturbing. “Jane Doe 1” said that in June 2016 Nelly groped her under her skirt in a VIP room after one of his concerts in England. “Jane Doe 2” said that after a December 2017 concert in England, the singer masturbated in front of her, placed her hand on his penis, and forced her to perform oral sex on him while on his tour bus.
These additional allegations were included in Green’s lawsuit to show that the rapper has a pattern of abusing women.
Neither the singer nor his representatives have released a statement about these two new allegations, but Nelly has denied Greene’s accusation. His lawyer released a statement in December 2017 that read:
In the court documents for her lawsuit, Greene asked the judge to order Nelly to stop sexually assaulting women. The allegations from the anonymous women may serve as backup to her claims. As this lawsuit moves forward and women continue to speak up, expect Nelly’s name to be in the news.
We commend all victims of sexual assault for coming forward with their stories.