Claims that rapper Nelly sexually assaulted a fan after a gig in the UK have been formally reported to police.
The attack is alleged to have happened after Nelly’s show at the Cliffs Pavilion, Southend on 5 December.
An Essex Police spokesman said the force had started an investigation after a woman reported she had been “sexually assaulted”.
He said: “Enquiries are ongoing.” Nelly has denied the allegations.
Last month, the BBC reported Essex Police wanted to obtain a report from the unnamed woman after allegations of an assault were made in the US media.
The allegation after the gig in Southend was included in the claim of a US woman who has said she was raped by the rap star.
Nelly, real name Cornell Iral Haynes Jr, 43, has denied the allegations and has filed a counter-suit.
Student Monique Greene, 22, alleges the rapper raped her on his tour bus and is suing the rapper in Washington, USA.
Prosecutors dropped a criminal case against him because she would not testify.
‘Not stand silent’
In court documents obtained by the Associated Press, the lawsuit also says a third woman alleges she was sexually assaulted after a show at Koko, in Camden, north London , in June 2016.
Ms Greene’s lawyer, Karen Koehler, said she was contacted by the two women after they read about her client’s case.
Nelly’s lawyer Mr Roseblum said: “Nelly is sensitive to women that have been victimised and marginalised. This is not the case here. He will not stand silent.
“The recent addition of ‘Jane Doe 1 and 2’ is completely fabricated and an attempt to give credibility to his accuser’s far-fetched story.”