Though cleared of criminal charges, Nelly will still have to deal with the sexual assault allegations levied against him in 2017, in court. A month after being sued by his accuser for sexual assault and defamation, Nelly is fighting back with a countersuit claiming the woman lied to police about what actually happened just to get him arrested.

This should come as no surprise, as the St. Louis rapper made his intentions of suing the woman clear back in December. "Nelly recognizes the need for women who are victims of sexual assault of any kind to be heard and our existing systems changed," Nelly's lawyer, Scott Rosenblum, said in a statement last month. "However, this type of reckless false allegation cannot be tolerated as it is an affront to the real survivors of sexual assault. Nelly has suffered very real damage to his reputation. He has incurred economic loss and painfully has watched his family suffer. As a result Nelly is planning to proceed with litigation as the first step in restoring his reputation."

Now, according to TMZ, the rapper officially filed his suit in a Seattle, Wash. court on Friday (Jan. 26). In the documents, Nelly continues to contend his sexual encounter with the woman was consensual, and afterward, the woman and her lawyer's allegations of rape were a malicious attempt to slander his name and get him falsely locked up. Nelly also claims his reputation has taken a shot as well as his pockets, as he was forced to cancel a performance.

The saga continues.

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