Nicki Minaj & Husband Facing Lawsuit From Petty’s Attempted Rape Victim
Nicki Minaj and her husband Kenneth Petty are making headlines over a legal situation. According to reports, the pair have been named defendants in a lawsuit brought against them by Jennifer Hough. Hough is the woman whom Petty assaulted reportedly in 1994 when they were both 16 years old.
Minaj and Petty married in 2019. They share a son, born in 2020.
In the suit, Hough claims that she was harassed by the couple. She claims that they offered her large sums of money via proxies and reached out to her directly. Hough also claims in the lawsuit, that was filed in the U.S. District Court in Eastern New York, that they sent people to her house and that this ultimately forced her to move out of her home.
According to Variety, Hough’s lawsuit alleges that Minaj tried to get in touch with her around March 2020, to convince Hough to take back her accusation against Petty. The lawsuit describes “an onslaught of harassing calls and unsolicited visits” after she told Minaj she wouldn’t recant her claim, and says Minaj eventually sent people to offer a $500,000 bribe to a family member, as Hough’s brother told her, in exchange for a statement from Hough taking back the accusation. Later, Minaj allegedly sent the friend who gave her Hough’s contact information to Hough’s house, to offer her $20,000 in cash in exchange for signing a document taking back the rape claim. The lawsuit also claims the friend offered a birthday video from Minaj to Hough’s daughter as part of the bribe.
Hough’s lawyer released a statement on social media. See it below.
According to the NYTimes, in 1995, Kenneth Petty was convicted on one count of attempted rape in the first degree, assault in the second degree, unlawful imprisonment in the second degree, and criminal possession of a weapon, all stemming from the assault of Hough. Petty was required to register as a sex offender. Later, in 2006, Petty pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge in an unrelated case. After serving seven years of a 10-year sentence, he was let out of prison on supervised release in 2013.
The couple have yet to comment on the latest developments.