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Nicki Minaj has avoided a $20 million default judgment in a lawsuit filed by a woman who accused Nicki's husband of rape.

Jennifer Hough asked the court to find Nicki and her husband Kenneth Petty in default after failing to respond to her lawsuit.

In the lawsuit, Hough claimed she endured a "relentless campaign of bribery, intimidation, harassment, and stalking" by the couple following her claim that Petty raped her at knifepoint when she was a teenager in 1994.

Kenneth served time in prison for Hough's rape and is required to register as a sex offender.

Hough is suing Nicki and Kenneth for intentional infliction of emotional distress, harassment, and witness intimidation.

Her attorney asked the judge to find Nicki in default after she missed the deadline to respond to the lawsuit.

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A default judgment means Nicki would owe Hough $20 million.

However, the federal clerk for the Eastern District of New York denied Hough's request, writing on the court docket that "it appears" Minaj stated in papers last week that she had hired a attorney to defend her.

The "Super Bass" star had sworn in a statement on October 15 that she thought she had hired an attorney in September, but the payment of his retainer was delayed after a series of "innocent miscommunications".

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Nicki wrote:

"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."

Nicki's attorney Judd Burstein added:

"I confirm the truth of those portions of defendant's declaration concerning my role in her failure to secure my services promptly."

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The clerk wrote that Kenneth had "not filed an answer or otherwise moved with respect to the complaint".

Meanwhile, Hough's attorney Tyrone Blackburn told Rolling Stone that he is still planning to pursue a $20 million default motion against Petty who has failed to answer the lawsuit and has not retained an attorney.

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Cheating men in North Carolina should be worried after a judge handed down another expensive "alienation of affections" law ruling.

Jilted men have legal recourse after their wives run off with another man. They can sue the men for depriving them of their wives' affections.

Kevin Howard sued his ex-wife's lover for ruining his marriage by cheating with her.

A judge agreed with Howard's claim that his ex-wife's lover "purposefully interfered with a marriage" and the man was ordered to pay Howard $750,000, according to WITN.

The controversial "alienation of affections" law is only recognized in a handful of states in the U.S. North Carolina is one of those states that punishes gigolos for creeping with someone else's spouse.

The unnamed man was found guilty of stealing Howard's ex-wife, who was the man's co-worker.

"He was a colleague of hers from work," Howard told reporters from CNN after the verdict.

Howard said his ex-wife and her lover defiled his marital bed.

"He ate dinner with us several times, we spent time together ... I thought this was a friend."

Howard's lawyer says she currently has five alienation of affections cases in court. One man was ordered to pay $8.8 million for stealing another man's wife.

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Da Brat still owes $1 million to the ex-cheerleader she hit in the face with a rum bottle during a drunken tirade at an Atlanta nightclub in 2007.

Former NFL cheerleader Shayla Stevens sued the 43-year-old rapper, whose real name is Shawntae Harris, two years after the incident -- while the reality TV star was serving time in a Georgia prison.

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