Johannesburg - Nelly has been hit by yet another sexual assault allegation after a concert-goer filed a lawsuit accusing the Hot in Herre rapper of masturbating in front of her, Daily Mail reports.
In court documents obtained by TMZ, the 44-year-old is accused of masturbating in front of a woman at a meet and greet following his concert in Southend, Essex in December 2017.
It’s the second sexual assault lawsuit brought against him this year after he mutually settled with Monique Greene.
Following confirmation of the lawsuit, Nelly – real name Cornell Hayes Jnr – came out to defend himself.
“I’ve been quiet for some time but these baseless allegations hurt more than just me,” he said in a statement. The truth will come out, and I will be vindicated. These types of false allegations undermine real claims of sexual abuse / harassment by real victims.”
Nelly has also spoken about the effects the accusations are having on his relationship with girlfriend Shantel Jackson - who is also being sued by the unnamed woman for reportedly calling her a liar on Twitter.
“To go after my girlfriend as well is unfair and goes too far,” he said. “Shantel has been through enough. I am a father to a beautiful strong woman. I was raised by a strong single woman. I love them all very much. I own my actions and take responsibility for my conduct with Monique Greene. We had CONSENSUAL sex after meeting in a club. Period. I have been living in the limelight for my entire adult life.”
“I have had zero allegations or issues in the past, I knew better! And for that I had to deal with the repercussions of my poor choice. I am repairing the trust that I broke with Shantel, I have apologised to my family and friends for the embarrassment I have caused them. And, I am committed to be a better man,” he continued.
“Monique Greene pursued civil legal action against me, when no criminal charges were filed or pursued. I responded with civil claims of my own against her. Ultimately, we both agreed to dismiss our claims against each other. Now, that the same lawyer has filed or threatened to file a “Jane doe” lawsuit. I do NOT plan on walking away quietly. I have to speak up for my family and for the real victims strong enough to come forward and face people that have actually assaulted them.”
“I want to thank Shantel, my family, friends, and fans that have stood next to me through all of this, and know my real character,” he concluded.
In court documents, Nelly’s accuser claims the Dilemma hitmaker dropped his trousers and told her he wanted to ejaculate on her.
This is the same allegation that Essex police confirmed they were investigating after claims he molested a female fan in February after she asked him for a photo.
In February, Essex police in a statement said, “We are investigating after a woman reported to us that she was sexually assaulted at an address in Westcliff on December 5, 2017.”