Nicki Minaj did not default on harassment lawsuit, court finds

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Minaj and her husband Kenneth Petty are being tried for threats, harassment and other charges by a woman who alleged that Petty sexually assaulted her in 1994.

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A judge has ruled that Nicki Minaj did not ignore the harassment lawsuit filed against her and husband Kenneth Petty.

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In August, Jennifer Hough—who accused Petty of sexual assault in 1994—sued Minaj and Petty, accusing them of “witness intimidation, emotional distress, intentional incitement of harassment,” and other charges. had gone.

Since filing the lawsuit against Minaj and Petty, she has asked a court to find the couple in “default” and seeks to award her $20 million in damages.

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As Rolling stone Reportedly, on Tuesday (October 19), the federal clerk for the Eastern District of New York denied the request, writing that Minaj confirmed the paperwork last week said she had received legal representation for the case. However, Petty “has not filed a reply or otherwise moved with respect to the complaint”, and Huff’s attorney confirmed Rolling stone They will proceed with the complaint against Petty.

According to a statement made by Minaj on October 15, the rapper believed he had hired a lawyer in late September, but a series of “innocent miscommunication” delayed the payment of the lawyer’s retainer. Hui. She classified her failure to respond to Huff’s complaint as “the product of an innocent mistake.” Her attorney, Judd Burstein, confirmed that Minaj’s story was accurate in her own statement.

Huff alleged that Petty raped her at knifepoint in 1994, when they were both 16 years old. Petty was charged the following year with attempted first-degree rape, and pleaded guilty to attempted rape. As a result he spent about four and a half years in prison.

Last year, Petty was arrested in Los Angeles for failing to register as a sex offender, as required by his sentence. These latter charges were eventually dropped but federal charges were brought, resulting in Petty accepting a plea deal. He will be sentenced in January 2022.

Huff alleged that in 2020, shortly after Petty’s arrest, Minaj called her and offered to fly her and her family to Los Angeles, or Minaj’s publicist to Huff. Huff said she declined, claiming that within days, she and her family were “stricken with harassing calls and unwanted visits”, including various offers of payment if she had filed a complaint against Petty in her original case. Signed a statement recalling the allegations.

Last month, giving her first on-camera interview about the alleged harassment, Huff reiterated her claims that Minaj offered to fly her and her family to Los Angeles to “help them in a situation.” which he rejected. “I told him, woman-to-woman, this really happened,” Huff said.

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Huff alleged that when she refused an offer of $20,000 to back her allegations that Petty raped her, it was implied that the money would be turned into a reward. “The last message I got was that I should have taken the money, because they’re going to use that money on my head,” she said.

Minaj and Petty have yet to publicly comment on the harassment lawsuit and Huff’s allegations.

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