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Police on Saturday arrested and released Cornell Iral Haynes Jr., the Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist better known as “Nelly,” after a woman said he raped her following his Friday night performance outside of Seattle in Auburn, Washington.
The Auburn Police Department received a phone call at 3:48 a.m. Saturday morning from a woman who said she had been sexually assaulted by the rapper on his tour bus, Auburn police spokesman Commander Steve Stocker said Saturday.
Patrol officers were dispatched to investigate and arrested the rapper inside his tour bus at 4:37 a.m., the spokesperson said. He was subsequently charged with second-degree rape.
The rapper was released at about 8 a.m. Saturday morning.