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Woman Who Accused Nelly of Rape Wants to Drop the Case, Will Not Testify

Woman Who Accused Nelly of Rape Wants to Drop the Case, Will Not Testify
The woman who accused rapper Nelly of sexually assaulting her on his tour bus in Washington last weekend has told the local police that she will not testify against him, and wishes to end the investigation, her lawyer, Karen Koehler, said on Friday.

Koehler posted an open letter on her website, and said her client, a 21-year-old college student, didn't "feel safe enough to pursue criminal charges against a celebrity for an alleged rape." Nelly's lawyer told Et last week that the allegations against the 42-year-old rapper are "completely fabricated."

“She is telling the Auburn Police Department and the King County Prosecutor's Office to put a halt to the criminal investigation of Cornell Haynes, Jr. (aka "Nelly")," Koehler writes. "She will not testify further in a criminal proceeding against him."

"She never wanted notoriety," Koehler continues. "She never wanted a dime from that man. She wants to go back to school and to graduate. And this she cannot
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NeNe Leakes Apologizes for Wishing Rape on a Heckler

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NeNe Leakes Apologizes for Wishing Rape on a Heckler
NeNe Leakes has gone into apology mode, after wishing rape on an audience member during a stand-up performance in Oakland over the weekend. “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Leakes took to Instagram on Monday to admit that she “made a mistake” and that she “should have known better.” “I truly regret and apologize for what I said from the stage in Oakland over the weekend,” Leakes wrote. “Sometimes words can cut deep and hurt when you have no intentions of them doing so,” Also Read: Nelly Released Without Charges After Arrest on Rape Claim Leakes continued, “As a woman who has survived abuse,
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Nelly Released Without Charges After Arrest on Rape Claim

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Nelly Released Without Charges After Arrest on Rape Claim
Rapper Nelly was booked and released without charges Saturday after he was arrested on suspicion of second-degree rape, his lawyer told USA Today. “To be absolutely clear. I have not been charged with a crime therefore no bail was required,” Nelly tweeted. “I was released, pending further investigation.” Nelly did not attend his scheduled concert on Saturday night, where he was to perform as part of his tour with Florida Georgia Line. Also Read: Nelly Fans Try to Pay Off His Tax Debt, One 'Hot in Herre' Stream at a Time The “Hot in Herre” rapper, whose birth name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr.,
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Nelly Addresses Rape Allegations: ‘I Have Not Been Charged’

Nelly was arrested following accusations that he sexually assaulted a woman after a Seattle-area show on Friday night. According to Seattle’s Q13 Fox News, Nelly (whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr.) was arrested Saturday morning after an unidentified woman contacted authorities to allege she had been raped on Nelly’s tour bus following his Friday […]
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Nelly Speaks Out After Arrest For Alleged Sexual Assault: 'I Am Completely Innocent'

Nelly Speaks Out After Arrest For Alleged Sexual Assault: 'I Am Completely Innocent'
Nelly is speaking out.

The 42-year-old rapper took to Twitter to tell his side of the story after being arrested and later released for alleged sexual assault on Saturday morning.  "Let me say that I am beyond shocked that I have been targeted with this false allegation. I am completely innocent," Nelly began a series of tweets. "I am confident that once the facts are looked at, it will be very clear that I am the victim of a false allegation." "I do want to apologize to my loved ones for the embarrassment and for putting myself in a situation where I could be victimized by this false and defaming allegation," he continued. "I also want to thank my fans for their unwavering support. They know me. I assure you I will be vindicated.  And I assure you, I will pursue every legal option to address this defaming claim. Thank you."
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Nelly Arrested for Alleged Sexual Assault

Nelly Arrested for Alleged Sexual Assault
Nelly has been arrested. 

The 42-year-old rapper was arrested early Saturday morning for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman on his tour bus in Washington. He was taken into custody at 4:37 a.m. and booked at the Score jail facility in Des Moines, Washington. He was released at 8:02 a.m.

His lawyer tells Et that the allegations are "completely fabricated." 

"Nelly is the victim of a completely fabricated allegation. Our initial investigation clearly establishes this allegation is devoid of credibility and is motivated by greed and vindictiveness," Nelly's attorney, Scott Rosenblum, said in a statement to Et. "I am confident once this scurrilous accusation is thoroughly investigated, there will be no charges. Nelly is prepared to address and pursue all legal avenues to redress any damage caused by this clearly false allegation."

According to a press release by the Auburn Police Department, a woman called 911 at 3:38 a.m. to report
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Nelly Arrested During Tour on Rape Charges

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Nelly Arrested During Tour on Rape Charges
Update: Nelly was released with no charges filed, police said Sunday. Read more details here. Rapper Nelly was arrested outside Seattle on Saturday morning on second degree rape charges after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her on his tour bus, his attorney confirmed. According to Fox Seattle affiliate Q13, the accuser claims she met Nelly — whose birth name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr. — after a show in Seattle and invited her on his tour bus. The assault was reported at 3:45 a.m., with the rapper being arrested at 7 a.m. Saturday morning in Auburn, Washington, according to
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Rapper Nelly Arrested for Allegedly Sexually Assaulting a Woman While on Tour

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Rapper Nelly Arrested for Allegedly Sexually Assaulting a Woman While on Tour
Early Saturday morning, rapper Nelly was arrested following a woman’s claim that the rapper had allegedly sexually assaulted her on his tour bus while in Washington.

Auburn Police Department confirmed in a statement to The Blast that the rapper had been arrested.

“At 3:48 Am a female called 911 to report that she was sexually assaulted by a male, who is known as the rapper ‘Nelly,’ ” a spokesperson for the police department said. “The alleged assault was reported to occur on the tour bus that was parked at the listed location. Nelly had performed at the White River Amphitheater just hours before.
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'Dancing With the Stars' Week 2 Preview: Who Are the Frontrunners? Who's Going Home?!

'Dancing With the Stars' Week 2 Preview: Who Are the Frontrunners? Who's Going Home?!
It's a two-night special of Dancing With the Stars!

It may only be the second week of the competition, but this season's 13 contestants and their pro partners have been doubling up their work in rehearsals, gearing up to perform not one but two dances this week.

But before they show off their skills, Et's breaking down everything you need to know about what to expect in the ballroom Monday and Tuesday night!

Who's on top of the leaderboard?

1. It's a tie for first! Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold, Lindsey Stirling & Mark Ballas: 22/30

2. Vanessa Lachey & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 21/30

3. Nikki Bella & Artem Chigvintsev: 20/30

More: 'Dancing With the Stars' Season 25 Premiere: Best Lifts, Kicks, Tricks and Flips!

Who's in danger of elimination?

Barbara Corcoran & Keo Motsepe received the lowest score from the judges -- 15/30 -- last Monday, followed closely behind by Terrell Owens & Cheryl Burke, who received a score of 15, and Drew Scott & Emma Slater, who scored
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TV News Roundup: New O.J. Simpson Doc Coming to A&E, ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ Casts Jimmy Smits

TV News Roundup: New O.J. Simpson Doc Coming to A&E, ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ Casts Jimmy Smits
In today’s roundup, “How to Get Away With Murder” casts Jimmy Smits and A&E Network announces a new documentary on O.J. Simpson.

Casting

Jimmy Smits is joining the cast of ABC‘s “How to Get Away With Murder” in Season 4. Smits will have a guest arc opposite Viola Davis on the network drama. On brand with all Shondaland series, details about his season-long recurring role have not been revealed, but his character will be a prominent figure in Annalise’s (Davis) life and will have a key role in this season’s mystery. Smits is repped by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, and Tom Hoberman.

Whoopi Goldberg will be voicing the role of Uma’s mother, Ursula, the sea witch from “The Little Mermaid” in “Descendants 2.” The upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie starring Dove Cameron is set to premiere on Friday at 8 p.m. Et. The news was announced earlier this week during director and
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MTV to Debut Comedy Game Show ‘SafeWord’ From ‘Lip Sync Battle’ Producers

MTV to Debut Comedy Game Show ‘SafeWord’ From ‘Lip Sync Battle’ Producers
MTV is set to launch a new comedy game show called “SafeWord,” the network announced Monday.

From the producers of “Lip Sync Battle” and hosted by Terrence J, the series will feature celebrity guests such as Kevin Hart, Damien Dante Wayans, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Marlon Wayans, Kelly Rowland, Nelly, Lala Anthony, Amber Rose, “13 Reasons Why” cast mates Ross Butler and Justin Prentice, Charlamagne Tha God, Drake Bell, Lil Rel Howery, Jermaine Fowler and more.

The series is based off the U.K. format that aired on itv2 and was originally developed and produced by Stv Productions and Motion Content Group. In each episode, the celebrity guests will partner with superstar comedians, including Carly Aquilino, Sam Jay, Ricky Velez, Leonard Ouzts, Taylor Tomlinson, Akaash Singh, Matt Pavich, Sherry Cola to help them play a series of games in front a live audience. Throughout multiple rounds, the teams go head-to-head daring each other in a variety of challenges including
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Why Dad-to-Be Spencer Pratt Won’t Watch The Hills with His Kids: We Can’t Afford for Them to Have ‘Any Less Brain Cells’

Why Dad-to-Be Spencer Pratt Won’t Watch The Hills with His Kids: We Can’t Afford for Them to Have ‘Any Less Brain Cells’
The Hills may have given Spencer Pratt a head start on success, but when it comes to his son on the way, he’s not too keen on introducing him to the series anytime soon.

When asked in an interview for AskMen.com whether he’d watch the show with his kids (his first child with wife Heidi Montag is due in October), the 33-year-old responded straightforwardly, “Hell no! They’d just lose brain cells. I’m trying to have really smart kids.”

Adds the former reality star, “With all due respect to Heidi and I, we cannot afford any
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Nelly Can't Name a Single Chuck Berry Song (Video)

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[[tmz:video id="0_8n58wujt"]] Nelly has mad respect for the late Chuck Berry ... but the dude can't name a single song! We got the St. Louis rapper leaving Bootsy Bellows Saturday night -- who shares the same hometown as Chuck -- and he eulogized the rock 'n' roll legend pretty poetically ... until our camera guy asks him to name his favorite Chuck Berry song. You gotta see Nelly's reaction. But let's be honest ... stuff like this has happened to all of us.
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The Top 9 Most Unforgettable Super Bowl Halftime Shows Ever

The Top 9 Most Unforgettable Super Bowl Halftime Shows Ever
Before Lady Gaga hits the Super Bowl Li stage on Sunday, Et is looking back at the stars who have made the biggest impact during the big game.

While the Super Bowl halftime show is the most-watched live performance on TV in America today, it wasn't always such a big deal. For the first 24 years, the halftime show was primarily just marching bands and flag-spinning tributes.

Watch: Super Bowl Li: Everything You Need to Know Ahead of the Big Game!

When competing networks started counterprogramming is when the show's producers started booking big name acts, but the show would never be the same after Michael Jackson rocked the crowd at Super Bowl Xxvii.

1. Michael Jackson (1993)

If you grew up in the '90s, you remember this show. M.J. pulled off an unprecedented spectacular performance complete with the late Grammy winner exploding out of the bottom of the stage.

2. Britney Spears, 'N [link=tt
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Ray Lewis Goes Full Nelly ... In Hilarious 'Lip Sync Battle' Performance (Video)

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Here's Ray Lewis showing us all what a live show of "Hot In Herre" would look like if Nelly was 250 pounds ... punishing a lip sync performance of the song. Ray's on this week's episode of "Lip Sync Battle" on Spike TV ... and we got a little preview clip of his performance of the Nelly classic (it totally is) and the dude's really, really bringing it. If you're wondering why Ray's going so hard ... it might
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Watch Stephen Colbert School Nelly on Tax Law With 'Debt in Herre'

Watch Stephen Colbert School Nelly on Tax Law With 'Debt in Herre'
The CBS late-night tandem of Stephen Colbert and James Corden joined the fight to help Nelly after news broke that the rapper had been hit with a $2.4 million tax lien.

Both hosts honored the efforts of Nelly fans, who launched a campaign to help the embattled rapper after calculating that he would be able to pay off the IRS if his 2002 hit "Hot in Herre" were streamed over 280 million times on Spotify. Colbert also suggested using the song in a popular viral clip, wickedly placing the song over footage of an overheated,
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Celine Dion Slays Nelly’s ‘Hot in Herre,’ Missy Elliott’s ‘Work It’ on ‘Ellen’ (Video)

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Celine Dion Slays Nelly’s ‘Hot in Herre,’ Missy Elliott’s ‘Work It’ on ‘Ellen’ (Video)
Celine Dion sings a different tune than what she is used on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Monday. “You sing these ballads all the time and I want you to keep growing as an artist, so we put some rap songs in the prompter and all you have to do is sing the words. However you feel,” DeGeneres told the 47-year-old singer, who seemed to be shocked about her assignment. Dion started out with Nelly’s “Hot in Herre,” followed by Lmfao’s “Shots” and Britney Spears‘ ‘Work Bitch,” which she made a little more PG-13: “I could not go
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Celine Dion Turns Songs Like "Hot in Herre" and "Work, B*tch" Into Gorgeous Ballads

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Celine Dion Turns Songs Like
We thought we'd died and gone to musical heaven after hearing Celine Dion sing "My Heart Will Go On" for the first time in the '90s. We even thought we'd been born again after listening to her sing a Rihanna-fied version of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" on The Tonight Show in July. But it wasn't until we heard her belt out a gorgeous, classical version of "Hot in Herre" (yes, the song by Nelly) that we truly appreciated her skills. The singer, who recently honored her late husband at the annual Stand Up to Cancer event, appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday morning where she wowed the audience by putting her own spin on popular rap songs. Watch the video above to witness her slay everything from Missy Elliott's "Work It" to Lmfao's "Shots."
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Celine Dion Sings Rap Songs on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Celine Dion Sings Rap Songs on The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Is there anything Celine Dion can't do? In July, the 48-year-old singer wowed Jimmy Fallon when she impersonated fellow pop stars Cher, Rihanna and Sia during a game of musical impressions on The Tonight Show. And on Monday's episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Dion put her own spin on a few rap songs, including Missy Elliott's "Work It," Lmfao's "Shots (feat. Lil' Jon)" and Nelly's "Hot in Herre." "You sing these ballads all the time," Ellen DeGeneres explained. "I want you to keep growing as an artist, so we put some rap songs in the prompter. All you have to do is sing the words." Dion began with "Hot in Herre," and the audience...
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Greatest Hits: Watch Ariana Grande's Whitney Houston Tribute, Plus 10 Other Season Finale Performances

Greatest Hits: Watch Ariana Grande's Whitney Houston Tribute, Plus 10 Other Season Finale Performances
ABC pulled out the big guns for Greatest Hits‘ live (!) two-hour (!!) season finale, beginning with a tribute to one of the greatest voices of all-time.

VideosHanson, Backstreet Boys Perform ’90s Jams on ABC’s Greatest Hits — Watch

Scroll down to watch all of the evening’s performances, save for a few that weren’t blessed to us by Twitter:

* Ariana Grande kicked off Thursday’s broadcast with a high-energy performance of two Whitney Houston classics, “How Will I Know?” (1985) and “Queen of the Night” (1993):

Video of Ariana Grande's Whitney Houston tribute on ABC's #GreatestHits finale. (August 4)https://t.
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