By Kevin Gray
Last year proved to be a year of reckoning for powerful and famous men who allegedly sexually assaulted people. Whether it was high powered film industry executives, politicians, actors, musicians or business leaders, the alleged victims of these people were finally heard and people finally started to do something about it. You would think with all the extra scrutiny, people wouldn't continue to put themselves in situations where accusations can be made against them, but old habits die hard, as they say, and in the beginnings of 2018 we find ourselves talking about yet another successful person who may be taken down due to his lack of control when it comes to sex. This time, the accused is St. Louis based rapper Nelly.
Nelly, born Cornell Hanes Jr., is already facing a lawsuit from artist by Monique Greene, a college student who claims the rapper raped her on his tour bus after a Washington D.C. concert in October. Now two more women have added their stories to the lawsuit. One new accuser claims Nelly stuck his hand up her dress at a concert after party in June 2016. The second woman claims Nelly masturbated in front of her in a dressing room after a show in December 2017 and forcibly grabbed her head in an attempt to demand oral sex.
Both allegations are included in an amended complaint filed Monday (Jan. 22) by Greene’s attorney Karen Koehler. Greene is seeking damages for defamation and emotional trauma. She has also requested an injunction against “Nelly (and his penis)” that prohibits him from sexually assaulting female fans in the future. The lawsuit attributes the new accusations to Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2 under a section titled “Evidence of other acts of sexual assault.” Nelly has a “pattern of conduct” that demonstrates he “preyed upon his selected female fans,” the lawsuit argues.
The Auburn police department in Washington arrested Nelly after Greene reported her alleged assault in October. Prosecutors ultimately dropped a second-degree rape charge after Greene stopped cooperating with the investigation. Greene attributed the decision to public scrutiny.
Nelly and his attorney Scott Rosenblum have denied Greene’s allegations and threatened to sue her in response. “This type of reckless false allegation cannot be tolerated as it is an affront to the real survivors of sexual assault,” Rosenblum said in December.