The woman accusing Nelly of rape claims he’s trying to intimidate her through the media.
TMZ reports that Karen Koehler, the alleged victim’s attorney, sent a letter to prosecutors detailing what she believes are verbal attacks being made by Nelly’s team against her client.
“It is morally reprehensible for an accused person and his bully lawyer to issue derogatory and defamatory statements against a young alleged rape victim,” Koehler says in the letter. “It is also criminal — in the State of Washington — when those vicious attacks are issued in the form of threats.”
Koehler points out a statement made by Nelly’s lawyer, Scott Rosenblum, as an example.
“It does not surprise me that she wanted to have her story publicized. That is playbook 101 of a person with an agenda and clearly she has one. The agenda is money, fame and notoriety,” Rosenblum told TMZ on Monday, October 8, following his client’s arrest.
Rosenblum responded to Koehler’s accusation by telling TMZ: “I would suggest rereading the [intimidating a witness] statute. I would further suggest talking to some of the unbiased witnesses,” he said. “Nelly will continue to respond to her client’s baseless allegations.”
As we previously reported, Nelly born Cornell Iral Haynes Jr., was picked up in Des Moines, Washington and taken to jail Saturday, October 7. The rapper was accused of rape by a 21-year old Seattle woman, who said the assault occurred on his tour bus.
He was booked for investigation of rape in the second-degree and released a few hours later.