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Nelly performs at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights, Mo. on Sunday, June 25, 2017. Photo by Jon Gitchoff

Rapper Nelly is asking a federal count to dismiss a lawsuit by a woman claiming the singer sexually assaulted her after a concert in England in December 2017, arguing the alleged victim should not be allowed to remain anonymous in her filing. 

The woman, identified only as Jane Doe, filed the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in St. Louis last November. The St. Louis-based rapper and his attorney Scott Rosenblum have denied the sex assault allegations.

The lawsuit also alleges defamation by Nelly's girlfriend Shantel Jackson, claiming Jackson tweeted about the woman and called her a liar.

In the response to the lawsuit, Rosenblum argues the complaint should be dismissed because Jane Doe "should not be permitted to avoid public scrutiny."

The lawsuit claims the assault took place after a concert in Essex, England, where the woman had paid to have her picture taken with Nelly. The woman alleges Nelly asked her to stay behind so they could talk, and then took her into a separate room and masturbated in front of her, tried to kiss her and then forcibly put her hand and her mouth on his penis despite her protests. 

"The truth will come out, and I will be vindicated," the singer said in a statement in response to the lawsuit. "These types of false allegations undermine real claims of sexual abuse/harassment by real victims."

Jane Doe seeks unspecified damages for emotional trauma and stress.

Nelly was sued in December 2017 for allegedly raping a woman on a tour bus outside Seattle. That suit was dropped in September.

Robert Patrick of the Post-Dispatch contributed reporting to this story.

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