Felony charges against Nelly – filed after an arrest for substances found on the rapper’s tour bus in April – have been dropped.
Nelly’s lawyer had predicted the charges would be dropped back in April, but Nelly could still face 11 months and 29 days of probation for two misdemeanour charges, though his lawyer says both are also likely to eventually be dropped.
Shortly after the arrest, Nelly said he had to be more careful about who he associates with, telling TMZ:
“I feel the need to take responsibility for my choices in needing to be more aware of all the people I associate with and allow onto my property. While my instinct, of course, is to be accessible to my friends, fans and acquaintances, the last thing I would want to do is compromise the respect and admiration of my friends, family and fans.”
The charges came about when Nelly’s tour bus was pulled over for not displaying a necessary US Department of Transportation sticker.
Upon climbing aboard, the officers smelled marijuana and, after conducting a search, they found the drug, as well as five rocks that tested positive for meth, plus some drug paraphernalia. Police say they also found a variety of handguns.
The 40-year-old was also in the news in March after performing a concert in Iraq’s region of Ebril, Kurdistan as part of a benefit concert in support of victims of ISIS. The event was organised by the Rwanga Foundation to raise money for people displaced by recent conflict. According to the group, Nelly became “the first American artist to perform in the city’s 8,000-year-old history”.
Nelly’s seventh and most recent album M.O was released in 2013, with the rapper also appearing in the movie ‘A Fall From Grace’ earlier this year.