Nelly has spoken for the first time following his drugs arrest last week (April 11).
The rapper – real name Cornell Haynes – was charged with felony possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia after police pulled his tour bus 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.
Now, the hip-hop star has told 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.”
Nelly’s attorney Scott Rosenblum has also released a written statement, saying: “We are extremely confident that when the facts come out, Nelly will not be associated with the contraband that was allegedly discovered.”
The 40-year-old has been released from Putnam County Jail on a $10,000 bond. He is due in court on June 19.
Nelly released his latest album ‘MO’ in 2013.