Woman who accused Nelly of rape wants to drop the case
In light of recent allegations towards Harvey Weinstein, the appeal for women to come forward about sexually inappropriate behaviour from men in positions of power has been amplified.
The issue has divided many people, with some arguing that victims of assault and rape should speak out as soon as the crime takes place, and others pointing out that - in doing so - women may risk their careers, their respect, and their reputation. More shockingly, though, a few individuals have suggested that some of the recent claims that have emerged come from people who are only speaking out in order to publicise their own names.
After receiving similar accusations that she only reported the attack due to an agenda of 'money, fame and notoriety,' the college student who claimed last week that she was raped by Nelly has since reached out in a letter through her attorney to have the case dropped.
In the letter, the anonymous student's attorney, Karen Koehler, maintains that the accusations are true, but says her client wants the case to be dropped because 'she believes the system is going to fail her'.
The letter does not address the specific attack, but speaks in more general terms about what happens when a young woman dares to speak out against somebody in the public eye. It begins:
'We do not live in a society where a 21-year-old college student can feel safe enough to pursue criminal charges against a celebrity for an alleged rape.
'If in a moment of panic and fear she immediately calls 911, she will be interviewed, detained, and then sent to a hospital where a rape kit will be administered. Hours later after she is allowed to return home, she will look at her phone only to be besieged by text messages of screen shots of internet articles already describing the incident. Before her initial tears have dried her phone will ring and she will belatedly realize that she is talking to a reporter who is trying to befriend her.'
Later on in the letter, Koehler writes,
'She [the victim] wonders who is she to go by her small "unimportant" self against a celebrity. Who will believe her. People are saying horrible things already. She cannot handle this. She is about to break. She wants to close the door. She wants this to end. She just cannot bear it.
'And so, today she is telling the Auburn Police Department... she will not testify in a criminal proceeding against him.
'She never wanted notoriety. She never wanted a dime from that man.'
Nelly himself maintains his innocence, and claims that he is the victim of a 'false allegation'.
The replies to his tweets perhaps go some way to explaining the alleged victim's decision to withdraw her case against the rapper, as Nelly's fans were quick to rally behind him and brand his accuser of being a liar.
Shortly after the alleged attack took place, Nelly's lawyer Scott Rosenblum released this statement:
'Nelly is the victim of a completely fabricated allegation. Our initial investigation, clearly establishes the allegation is devoid of credibility and is motivated by greed and vindictiveness. I am confident, once the scurrilous accusation is thoroughly investigated, there will be no charges. Nelly is prepared to pursue all all legal avenues to redress any damage caused by this clearly false allegation.'
The letter from Karen Koehler can be read here in full.