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Harassment Lawsuit Claiming Nicki Minaj Threatened Her Husband's Rape Accuser Is Dropped
Jennifer Hough, who says she was raped by Nicki Minaj's husband, Kenneth Petty, in 1994, has dropped her lawsuit against the Nicki Minaj. Hough claimed Minaj threatened and harassed her.
A woman who accused Nicki Minaj of threatening her after she accused the rapper’s huband of sexual assault, has dropped her lawsuit.
The lawsuit against Minaj, 39, was voluntarily dismissed on Wednesday by the accuser Jennifer Hough.TMZ reports.
Minaj’s husband Kenneth Petty, however, was convicted in California criminal court for the sexual assault of Hough in 1994, when they were both 16-years-old. He spent four years in prison after pleading guilty to that charge, according to NBC News. He served another 10 months in 2006 in relation to a first-degree manslaughter charge, which he also pleaded guilty to. Petty, 43, was also arrested in 2020 for failing to register as a sex offender in a new state, following a move. He pleaded guilty.
Minaj’s attorney Judd Burstein accused Hough of merely trying to get money from his client. In an email Burstein sent to Hugh's lawyer, Tyrone Blackburn, obtained by TMZ, the lawyer states: "In my view, your conduct in pursuing this case against Nicki represents the worst of our legal system: bottom-feeding lawyers who pursue frivolous actions against a celebrity assuming that they will be paid off if they throw enough dirt."
Blackburn has not immediately responded to Oxygen.com’s request for comment.
Hough spoke out about the assault on the daytime talk show “The Real” in September.
“I’m tired of being afraid,” Hough said. “I feel like the actions that were taken in regards to this whole situation have put me in a different type of fear at my age now. And it was wrong. And I don’t want to be afraid anymore. So the only way not to be afraid is to continue to speak up.”
Hough claimed in the interview that Petty sexually assaulted her at knifepoint. She said she began getting harassed in 2020 after news broke about Petty's sex offender status. In her lawsuit, she claimed she was then intimidated for months by associates of the Minaj and Petty to recant statements about the 1994 incident. Minaj and Petty, once childhood friends, tied the knot in October 2019.
Minaj tweeted out a unicorn emoji on Wednesday, as news about the dropped lawsuit broke.