On Wednesday (January 12) rapper Nicki Minaj was dropped from a harassment lawsuit filed by Jennifer Hough, the woman who was raped by Nicki’s husband, Kenneth Petty, who is currently listed on the national registry as a sex offender.
In the original lawsuit, Hough claimed that Nicki, along with Petty, attempted to bully her into not speaking about the 1995 rape case, in which Petty was convicted, and spent 4 years in prison.
Nicki was dropped from the harassment suit without prejudice, meaning that Hough could re-file at any time. It’s unclear as to why Hough decided to remove Nicki. On the other hand, Petty remains listed as a plaintiff on the suit.
In my opinion, I think there was some type of technicality, coupled with Nicki’s access to high-powered attorneys. Hough’s attorneys had motioned that she should be granted the judgment by default, since Nicki and Petty had not been responding. But, recently, Nicki’s attorneys stated that the rapper had not been properly served and that a default judgment in Hough’s favor was inappropriate.
This whole situation has been messy from the jump. It’s definitely believable that Nicki would use her money and celebrity to attempt to sway the victim to do what she wanted.
I’m not sure if there was some under-the-table money move that changed Hough’s mind, or if the evidence just wasn’t adding up.