A judge has shut down Nelly’s demand that the woman suing him for sexual assault be forced to name herself.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a federal judge has ruled the woman does not have to identify herself in the case she brought using Jane Doe.
The judge says the decision to allow her to continue using a pseudonym is up to the court. The order points out numerous other courts have allowed plaintiffs to use Jane Doe in such cases.
Nelly tried to cite a case filed 23 years ago against Tupac Shakur in his legal argument to have her name revealed.
The judge notes that case is very old and, “As made evident by the more recent cases cited above, courts now place more weight on the psychological trauma faced by victims of sexual assault, the easy public access of court records online, and the deterrent effect that “outing” a sexual assault victim may have on other victims. Second, the plaintiff in Shakur conceded that her name, residence, and place of employment were already known to the press, rendering public identification in court filings a moot issue.”
Further, he points out Nelly and his lawyers already know the name of the woman.