The rapper Nelly is asking a U.S. court to dismiss a British woman’s lawsuit that alleges he sexually assaulted her after a concert in England.
The federal lawsuit was filed in November in St. Louis, the rapper’s hometown. The woman said in the lawsuit that Nelly touched her without her consent and forced her to perform oral sex on him in December 2017
Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Haynes Jr., wasn’t criminally charged and has denied the allegations.
The woman is identified only as Jane Doe in the lawsuit. Nelly’s attorney, Scott Rosenblum, filed a response to the lawsuit Thursday, saying the woman shouldn’t be allowed to remain anonymous.
In the lawsuit, the woman said she met the rapper at a meet-and-greet after a concert in Essex, England. Later, when she was alone with him in a room, he dropped his pants and began masturbating, then forced her to perform oral sex before she was able to escape.
The lawsuit is the second such case against the rapper. In September, Nelly settled a lawsuit filed by Monique Greene who alleged he raped her on his tour bus in suburban Seattle.Prosecutors in King County, Washington, decided against charging the rapper in the Greene case, citing a lack of cooperation by Greene.
Greene’s lawsuit included documents in which two other women, including the Jane Doe from Essex, accused Nelly of sexual assault. Greene’s lawyer said their stories showed a pattern of behavior.
Nelly counter-sued Greene for defamation, contending their sexual encounter was consensual, that her claims were false and that she intentionally sought to damage Nelly’s reputation. His lawsuit claims also were dropped under the Greene settlement agreement.