While the situation is anything but funny, the injunction filed by an accuser of musician Nelly (Cornell Haynes Jr.) is comedic gold. Monique Greene, a woman who has accused the rapper of having raped her on his tour bus when she was 21, asked a judge for an injunction against "Defendant Nelly (and his penis)."
The headline-winning indictment was highlighted by Law & Crime's Elura Nanos, who says that in her two decades of practicing law, she's never quite seen an injunction like this. "In her filing, obtained by Law & Crime, Greene added some disturbing background facts about Nelly’s alleged pattern of sexual assault, and then made a rather unusual request for relief from the court," Nanos reports.
Here's the initial clause of the injunction:
WHEREFORE, Plaintiff prays for judgment and relief against Defendant Cornell Haynes Jr. (Nelly) as follows:
1. For an injunction against Defendant Nelly (and his penis) that prohibits him from engaging in sexual assault against female fans after concerts using the unique methods and plans described above;
While Nanos points out that obviously it's already illegal for Nelly to sexually assault anyone using anything, Greene's lawyers might be trying to do more than raise a few eyebrows. Nelly's lawyer, Scott Rosenblum, has portrayed Greene as a liar with "zero credibility" and one agenda: "money, fame and notoriety." Greene's injunction against Nelly (and his penis) from "engaging in sexual assault against female fans after concerts" might be more strategic than it initially seems:
Asking a court to issue an injunction against someone’s penis is unorthodox, to say the least. But as we are all learning in this post-Weinstein world, combatting sexual assault may require not only strength and conviction, but also creativity, particularly in a legal sense. Greene’s request that the court specifically forbid Nelly from assaulting other women the way she claims he assaulted her may be at least a partial antidote to naysayers who accuse her and others of being greedily litigious and opportunistic
Greene says that Nelly raped her on his tour bus in October 2017. After the alleged rape, she immediately called 911, went to the hospital and completed a rape kit. Nelly was arrested that night. Nanos notes that Greene's accusation came just before the #MeToo movement was born.
Soon after he was arrested, Rosenblum issued a blistering statement to TMZ depicting Greene as a money- and fame-seeking liar:
It does not surprise me that she wanted to have her story publicized. That is playbook 101 of a person with an agenda and clearly she has one. The agenda is money, fame and notoriety. …[W]e will be able to show by objective evidence and unbiased witnesses that she has zero credibility. …She’s a person who is making a dangerous, fraudulent allegation to accomplish her own goals.
Greene's amended complaint now includes defamation, "intimidation of a witness," and "intentional infliction of emotional distress."
In her complaint, Greene's lawyers cite two other examples of similar alleged sexual assault at the hands of Nelly. Nanos summarizes:
Jane Doe 1 is an American servicewoman who attended a Nelly concert in the U.K. She claims to have been invited to a VIP area where Nelly groped her and attempted to further assault her until security guards intervened. Jane Doe 2 also reported meeting Nelly at a post-concert photo-op. She described a similar incident of sexual assault, which culminated, she claims, in Nelly’s forcibly pushing his erect penis into her mouth until she was able to scramble out of the room. All three women were fans meeting Nelly after a show. All three report similar accusations, in which Nelly allegedly ushered them into a small room during a VIP event and proceeded to either masturbate in front of them and/or demand sex from them. Yikes. And if #MeToo has taught us anything, it’s that there is strength in numbers.
As we wait for the legal process to play out, we can all look forward to the Nelly-inspired #IndictThatPenis movement to get going.