A student of the University of Washington, Monique Greene age 22, has sued popular R&B artist, Nelly, on Wednesday with claims of sexual assault that took place in his private tour bus after an October performance. He also allegedly caused damage to her reputation when publicly denying the offense.
The lawsuit issued against Nelly, birth name Cornell Haynes Jr., looks to resolve claims of damages caused by the sexual assault in addition to defamation.
The victim’s lawyer released a statement on Wednesday explaining that her client was reluctant to file this lawsuit and only followed through after the 43-year-old Rapper publically announced that Greene fabricated these claims.
Although the Seattle Times doesn’t usually name victims of sexual assault, however, Greene’s attorney has notified the public she agreed to be identified.
“She honestly decided to stand up for herself after that last horrible post they made against her,” stated Karen Koehler, Greene’s attorney. “If they had not done that, she would’ve just kept her head down. She didn’t want to be a fighter at all. She didn’t want anyone to know what happened to her. But enough was enough.”
The celebrity’s attorney, Scott Rosenblum, stated on Wednesday that this lawsuit is driven by financial motivation.
“It comes as no surprise that Ms. Green (sic) filed a lawsuit against Nelly seeking money after we announced our intention to hold her accountable,” He said. “ We always believed her accusation was motivated by greed.”
He also noted that Nelly intends to countersue.
The lawsuit argues that Greene and Nelly planned to attend an after-party after his performance held on October 6th which took place at the victim’s place of work, Aston Manor.
The following day, the rapper, his entourage, as well as Greene and her friend were taken from the club to Nelly’s tour bus in the early hours of October 7th. While her friend chose to leave, Greene stated that she chose to stay due to having several drinks throughout the night. Once they had arrived at the tour bus, the suit claims the performer had ushered her to his bedroom quarters of the bus.
According to the lawsuit, Nelly “sexually assaulted Ms. Greene against her will and after Ms. Greene refused to consent”.