Rapper Nicki Minaj whose real name is Onika Tanya Maraj, has been dropped from a lawsuit alleging that she harassed and intimidated her husband’s sexual assault victim, Jennifer Hough according to court documents. The motion was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court for Eastern New York.
Back in August 2021, Minaj and her husband, Kenneth Petty, were both sued by Hough, who Petty was convicted of attempting to rape in the ’90s. Hough claimed she was being indirectly threatened and harassed by both of them. She even claimed Minaj had bribed her in an attempt to get her to stop talking about Petty. However, attorneys for Minaj and Petty filed separate court responses saying the allegations were false.
Although the case against Minaj is over, the case against Petty is far from it, according to documents obtained by People magazine. Hough’s lawyer, Tyler Blackburn, shared in a statement obtained by the magazine, “The case against Nicki was voluntarily dismissed. The case against Kenneth Petty is still ongoing. Stay tuned!”
The outlet also obtained an email from Nicki Minaj’s lawyer, Judd Bernstein, to Blackburn, in which he details their plans to fight for money Minaj lost in legal fees over the past months. Bernstein wrote in the email, “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 up enough dirt.” “It is just the beginning of Nicki’s and my efforts to make you pay for your disgraceful conduct,” he wrote to Blackburn, “with both money and, if the Court recommends it, disciplinary sanctions.”
Burstein said Minaj paid over $300,000 to defend herself in the case and plans to fight to recover the legal fees.