Prosecutors decline to charge rapper Nelly with rape

US rapper Nelly
Updated 16 December 2017
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Prosecutors decline to charge rapper Nelly with rape

SEATTLE: The rapper Nelly will not face rape charges because the accuser is not cooperating, prosecutors in Washington state said.
The woman said Nelly raped her on his tour bus in October in a Seattle suburb. Auburn police arrested Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr., in his bus at a Walmart and he was booked into jail on suspicion of second-degree rape, then released.
Shortly afterward, the woman said she wanted to stop the investigation.
King County prosecutors said in a statement that they have reviewed the investigation, but without the woman’s help, they cannot “proceed or fully assess the merits of the case.”
Nelly’s attorney, Scott Rosenblum, said in a statement to The Associated Press that the performer had been the victim of a “deceitful allegation devoid of credibility.”
Rosenblum said Nelly supports advocacy groups that deal with sexual assault and violence against women and is dedicated to raising awareness about such issues.
“However, this type of reckless false allegation cannot be tolerated, as it is an affront to the real survivors of sexual assault,” he said.


Russia sprays vanilla to repel World Cup gnats in Volgograd

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Russia sprays vanilla to repel World Cup gnats in Volgograd

  • England and Tunisia players could be seen swatting away swarms of gnats during their opening World Cup game in the southern Russian city on Monday.
  • Russian authorities said on Thursday they hope that spraying the vanilla concentrate on trees and shrubs around the venue will keep the gnats away.

VOLGOGRAD, Russia: Russian authorities said on Thursday they were spraying the area outside the World Cup stadium with vanilla concentrate to prevent gnats from spoiling soccer matches there, TASS news agency reported.
England and Tunisia players could be seen swatting away swarms of gnats during their opening World Cup game in the southern Russian city on Monday.
Players covered themselves with bug spray before the game and at halftime, but that seemed to have little effect.
Russian authorities said on Thursday they hope that spraying the vanilla concentrate on trees and shrubs around the venue will keep the gnats away.
“The vanilla concentrate will not create inconveniences for fans, but it will be enough to repel the gnats,” TASS quoted Volgograd’s regional administration as saying.
The area around Volgograd is known for its swamps and wide rivers, the perfect breeding ground for insects during the hot and dry summer in the region.
It was unclear if the measures had already been taken, but a Reuters reporter in Volgograd said on Thursday there appeared to be significantly fewer gnats in the city than during Monday’s match.
Volgograd, which is set to host three more group stage matches, will host Iceland’s match against Nigeria on Friday.