You may not know the name, Cornell Iral Haynes. But millions around the world know him as hip-hop superstar Nelly. It has been a difficult year for the rapper. In 2016, the three-time Grammy Award winner was slapped with a $2.4 million tax lien from the IRS. But his legal troubles haven’t stopped. Seattle police recently arrested Nelly on his tour bus after a local woman accused him of rape. His attorney Scott Rosenblum called the accusations “a complete fabrication.” Nelly eventually released a few hours later without any rape charges. However, an investigation is still pending.
The Battle Against the Courtroom of Public Opinion
Just one allegation of rape or any kind of sex crime can be extremely damaging to a person’s reputation. It is important to understand no rape charges have been filed against Nelly. Unfortunately, there is often a rush to judgment when a person is arrested. It can be especially bad for celebrities and public figures, who often find themselves trying to battle against the courtroom of public opinion.
According to the arrest record, a Seattle area woman called 911 around 4 a.m. and claimed she was sexually assaulted by the rapper. Nelly was originally booked for investigation of second-degree rape. But he was released hours later with no charges. Nelly had just performed at the White River Amphitheater in Seattle just before the arrest. The alleged victim claimed the assault took place aboard Nelly tour bus. She told police Nelly had raped her without a condom after she had repeatedly objected to his advances. She also claimed the rapper had offered her money and then threw her out of the bus. She also claims a member of Nelly’s entourage had thrown a $100 bill at her.
The Challenge of Sex Crime Attorneys
Those who are accused of sex crimes face significant challenges. The State of Utah has some of the harshest penalties for crimes, such as rape and sexual assault. In addition to facing stiff punishment, these are criminal charges that carry an enormous stigma that can last a lifetime. It is vital for sex crime suspects to have an experienced attorney in their corner to protect their rights. It is also vital for suspects to fight these charges as quickly and aggressively as possible. Police and law enforcement have one goal and that is to gather evidence and build their case against the suspect. The rapper has also had other run-ins with the law. In 2015, he pleaded to a misdemeanor of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
A Salt Lake City Rape Attorney Can Help
When a person is arrested on rape charges, it can be an extremely frightening time in their lives. Although it is an extremely heinous crime, there are countless innocent people sitting in Utah prisons who were wrongly arrested and convicted of sex crimes. Over the years, the Salt Lake City criminal defense attorneys at White & Matern have successfully represented many people who have charged with rape and other sex crimes. They utilize an aggressive and comprehensive approach to help place each client in the best position to succeed. From the time they meet with a client for their initial consultation, their lawyers will take the time to address your questions and concerns. Once a person becomes a client, they work diligently in the courtroom and behind the scenes to protect the rights of each client. It is part of their commitment to always place the needs of the client first. To learn more, contact their Salt Lake City criminal law office today and schedule a free initial case evaluation.