One of the women who accused rapper Nelly of sexual assault says police messed up the details of her case during their investigation.
According to TMZ, the British accuser argues the police of Essex, particularly the lead detective of the probe, did not treat her as a victim, but rather a suspect and messed up the timeline of events of her alleged assault.
According to the woman, Nelly masturbated in front of her in 2017 and then forced his penis into her mouth after one of his concerts. However, Nelly has denied all accusations.
In a letter to police, the woman’s lawyer called out the lead detective and detailed his unlawful behavior in the case. According to the attorney, police requested the alleged victim’s phone records, including all of her pictures, texts, and emails between herself and the attorney. However, it is unlawful to request such items as it violates attorney-client privilege under U.S. law.
Reports also showed that police asked the woman to do a follow-up interview to one she’d already done. Her lawyer said police arrived at her home without a warrant and pressured her to come to the police station. Meanwhile, the police department took an entire year to interview Nelly, the lawyer said.
The attorney suspected the police to be intimidated by Nelly’s legal team, and claimed they were not looking for a resolution. As a result, he said since the woman has already filed a lawsuit, she will no longer participate with the police’s ongoing investigation.
The Essex Police told TMZ, “We can confirm we have received communication from a solicitor regarding the case and will be reviewing this investigation and engaging with both parties in due course.”