December 1, 2021

Court Rejects $20 Million Default Judgement Request in Nicki Minaj Harassment Lawsuit

Nicki Minaj had a win in court docket yesterday after a federal court docket clerk dominated that she didn’t fail to answer the lawsuit alleging she harassed and bribed the girl that accused her husband of rape.

In August, Jennifer Hough requested the court docket to declare Minaj and her husband Kenneth Petty in “default” and award her $20 million for claims that she was subjected to a “relentless campaign of bribery, intimidation, harassment, and stalking” by the couple in order to get her to recant her declare.

Based on Rolling Stone, the federal clerk for the Jap District of New York refused Minaj’s movement yesterday, noting that “it appears” Minaj filed paperwork final week stating that she had lastly employed a lawyer to signify her. Petty, then again, “has not filed an answer or otherwise moved with respect to the complaint,” in accordance with the clerk.

On October fifteenth, Minaj claimed in a sworn declaration filed that she felt she had efficiently engaged her lawyer after chatting with him over Zoom in late September, however {that a} collection of “innocent miscommunications” precipitated a delay in the fee of his retainer.

“My failure to respond to the complaint was the product of an innocent mistake, and I ask the court to excuse the delay so that I can defend what I believe to be an entirely frivolous case,” she wrote in her declaration. “I confirm the truth of those portions of defendant’s declaration concerning my role in her failure to secure my services promptly,” the lawyer, Judd Burstein wrote.

Regardless of this, Tyrone Blackburn, Hough’s lawyer, informed Rolling Stone that he intends to proceed to pursue a default judgment in opposition to Petty for the $20 million.

“It’s interesting that Kenneth Petty is currently in the Eastern District of New York suing the state of New York, but he has no respect for this proceeding and no respect for this judge to come forward and to answer for raping Jennifer Hough in 1994 and all the harassment he and his wife and his goons visited upon her since then,” Blackburn stated.

Based on Hough’s criticism, Minaj claimed throughout a radio interview in November 2019 that Petty had been “wrongly charged” and that his sufferer in the case had “written a letter recanting her statement.” The scenario allegedly got here to a head final spring when a childhood acquaintance posed as a liaison between Hough and Minaj, placing the 2 ladies in direct contact over the cellphone.

“During the call, Defendant Minaj stated that she heard plaintiff was willing to ‘help out’ their situation and stated that she would fly plaintiff and her family to Los Angeles. Plaintiff declined this offer.”

Based on paperwork, Minaj allegedly “instructed her associates” to contact Hough’s brother just a few days later providing $500,000 for a letter from Hough “recanting her rape claim.” The lawsuit states that Hough feared for her life and needed to transfer to Florida from Atlanta due to extra claims of harassment and intimidation.

“She was afraid her child would be killed or kidnapped due to the threats from Defendant Minaj and Defendant Petty,” the lawsuit says.