American-born Senegalese singer/businessman, Akon firmly believes there’s no way his close friend, Nelly raped any woman, and he made that known during a chat with TMZ.

TMZ reports:

We got the singer at LAX Saturday, and our guy throws him for a loop right away with the news. Akon’s clearly not buying it, though … and practically guarantees it’s not true because he knows Nelly.

Then it gets really interesting … Akon speculates the rape charge could be a case of mistaken identity or — even worse — the accuser might have made it all up to try to score an easy payday from the rapper.

Either way it’s evident — Akon thinks the rape allegations against Nelly are completely bogus … which is exactly how Nelly feels.