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The harassment lawsuit filed against Nicki Minaj by a New York woman has been dropped. TMZ reports that Jennifer Hough voluntarily dropped the lawsuit, but Nicki is planning to sue Hough for legal fees.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York on August 13, 2021, claimed the rapper harassed and threatened Hough who accused Nicki's husband, Kenneth "Zoo" Petty, of sexual assault.

A source close to the case tells TMZ there was no financial settlement. Nicki's husband is still a defendant in the lawsuit.

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"The case against Kenneth Petty is still ongoing. Stay tuned!" Hough's lawyer, Tyrone Blackburn, told PEOPLE.

Nicki's attorney, Judd Bernstein, tells TMZ Hough and her lawyers tried to shake Nicki down for some easy money.

An email Bernstein sent to Blackburn reads in part, "In my view, your conduct in pursuing this case against Nicki represents the worst of our legal system: bottom-feeding lawyers who pursue frivolous actions against a celebrity assuming that they will be paid off if they throw enough dirt."

Kenneth was convicted of rape in 1995, and he served time in prison. He must register as a sex offender whenever he moves to another state.

"I'm tired of being afraid," Hough said on The Real talk show. She said Nicki used her platform to intimidate and harass her and she was forced to move to multiple states to avoid the harassment.

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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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Rapper Talib Kweli was kicked off Twitter for "repeated violations" of the social media site's harassment rules.

A spox for the social media site told Jezebel magazine that they permanently banned the 44-year-old Brooklyn native for "repeated violations of the Twitter rules (such as) violence, harassment and other similar types of behavior (that) discourage people from expressing themselves".

The ban, which took effect in late July, comes amid allegations that he and his fans harassed a Twitter user named Maya A. Moody after she accused Black rappers of colorism.

After Moody tweeted, "What rapper married a black woman besides snoop? literally almost all [rappers] are married to light-skinned women but that's a conversation for another day," Kweli replied, "Nah let's have this convo today... I mean, is any of this really any of your business?"

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Moody, 24, claims that for two weeks she was overwhelmed with harassing posts by the rapper and his fans on both Twitter and Instagram.

According to Moody, the posts included personal details, such as pictures of her parents, as well as threats of violence and sexual abuse.

Moody took screenshots of the harassment and was in "constant contact" with Twitter, but she complained that the social media platform took too long to take action. She said other users had "been suspended for way less than targeting someone and harassing them constantly for over two weeks straight".

Kweli, who has a reputation for being an internet troll, responded to the claims in an email to Jezebel, in which he stated: "I've never cyber-harassed anyone in my life. I responded, on Twitter, to the lies that Maya posted about me. When you respond to someone who posts lies about you, that is not harassment."

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Kweli has been married to DJ EQ since 2009. He complained that Moody tagged his wife in her tweets.

The rapper is a well-respected veteran in the music industry for the past 20 years, and is best known for being one half of rap duo Black Star alongside Mos Def.

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According to a record label source, Lizzo's people pleaded with Twitter.com to remove memes and tweets asking President Trump to drop the obese pop star on Iran amid threats of retaliation for the killing of an Iranian general.

Lizzo's camp reported the posts to Twitter, saying they "fat-shamed" the pop superstar on the social media platform.

Some of the posts contained memes featuring a photo that showed Lizzo posing in the nude. The photos were superimposed on images of B2 bombers and fighter jets. One illustration depicted Lizzo as a whale.

There was also a video of the aftermath of a nuclear bomb explosion. The video was captioned: "When Trump drops Lizzo's fat ass in Iran."

Thousands of Twitter users retweeted the memes on Lizzo's timeline so she would see them.

Lizzo abruptly quit Twitter.com after complaining about the negativity of "trolls" on the platform.

"Yeah I can't do this Twitter s**t no more.. too many trolls," she tweeted on Sunday. "I'll be back when I feel like it."

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Many speculated that she was forced off social media by bullies who constantly reminded her of her spat with Dr. Boyce Watkins.

The 31-year-old Detroit native was the target of Watkins, who said she is popular because there is an obesity epidemic in America.

But my source said the real reason Lizzo left Twitter was the plethora of humiliating posts about Iran.

The source described Lizzo as "depressed" and "humiliated" over the online harassment. He said Twitter staff told her the messages didn't violate Twitter's policies on abusive content.

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