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Nicki Minaj Case Dismissed, But Husband’s Is Still Ongoing

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Nicki Minaj now not faces a civil lawsuit filed by her husband’s longtime rape accuser, a Brooklyn federal court docket submitting revealed Wednesday. Jennifer Hough sued the rapper and her husband, Kenneth Petty, on August 13.
However, Hough has not dropped her civil claims towards Petty. “The case was voluntarily withdrawn in New York against Onika Tanya Maraj, but the case against Kenneth Petty is still ongoing,” Hough’s lawyer, Tyrone Blackburn, instructed Vulture. When requested for remark, Minaj’s lawyer, Judd Burstein, stated: “What they tried to do to Nicki was disgraceful. They finally realized that they had to surrender without Nicki paying a penny. And now, Nicki and I are going to make them pay for this in the courts.”

“We have the right, under the law, to seek what are known as sanctions, which would require them to pay Nicki’s legal fees — which are substantial,” he stated.

Petty was discovered responsible of tried rape for attacking Hough in 1994. (Although Petty was convicted of tried rape, Hough alleges he raped her.) Hough had claimed within the lawsuit that Minaj “directly and indirectly harassed plaintiff to recant her legitimate claim that Petty raped her,” and she or he additionally contended that Minaj not directly or instantly “attempted to intimidate” and “indirectly threatened” her. Hough’s lawsuit additionally famous Minaj’s repeated claims that her husband was “wrongly accused.”
Hough’s ongoing authorized claims towards Petty embrace intentional infliction of emotional misery, assault and battery, sexual assault, and harassment. Hough was in a position to sue Petty due to the Child Victims Act. This New York legislation “initially opened a one-year window for survivors to file civil lawsuits seeking compensation for the sexual abuse they suffered as children,” the Democrat & Chronicle stated. Several months in the past, Minaj and Petty discovered themselves in nonetheless extra authorized sizzling water after failing to reply to Hough’s harassment lawsuit. In court docket papers, Minaj claimed her silence stemmed from a “series of innocent miscommunications” together with her attorneys.

Minaj had claimed that neither she nor Petty was really “served” with the lawsuit, that means they didn’t get official discover of it. Minaj additionally stated she started on the lookout for a lawyer after studying of the lawsuit. After initially meeting together with her now-lawyer, Burstein, on September 23, Minaj’s supervisor “had not understood” that she needed Burstein to signify her, so Burstein wasn’t really employed as her lawyer. That “misunderstanding was cleared up” on October 12, Minaj stated in a court docket submitting. “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 which plaintiff’s counsel has brought against me in an effort to use my name to generate publicity for himself,” Minaj stated.

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