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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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The woman who accused Nicki Minaj's husband, Kenneth Petty, of sexual assault criticized the rapper for attempting to make her retract her claims in her first TV interview.

Jennifer Hough appeared on daytime talk show The Real on Wednesday, September 22, where she revealed she was tired of being afraid.

She previously accused Nicki and Petty of running a campaign of intimidation and bribery to drop her claims.

Hough alleged that Nicki and her associates repeatedly reached out to her and her family in an effort to get her to deny she was sexually assaulted by Petty in 1994, when she was 15.

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Petty, 43, served four years in prison for attempted rape and seven years for first-degree manslaughter as a young man.

Speaking to hosts Garcelle Beauvais and Adrienne Bailon on The Real, Hough said:

"I feel like the actions that were taken in regards to this whole situation have put me in a different type of fear... and it was wrong. I don't want to be afraid anymore. So the only way not to be afraid is to continue to speak up."

She recalled her sexual assault, saying Petty forced her into a house after they met at a bus stop. Afterwards, Hough called the police and watched as they brought Petty out of the house in handcuffs. Police took her to a nearby hospital for a rape kit.

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Petty was convicted and placed on a sex offender list, but Nicki has always maintained her husband and Jennifer were dating at the time of the incident. She insisted Petty was 15 at the time.

"It wasn't true," Hough said. "We both were 16, we were never in a relationship. I just felt woman to woman that was wrong of her."

Petty recently pleaded guilty to failing to register as a sex offender in California. He has entered a plea deal which calls for him to serve prison time. He will learn his sentence in an upcoming hearing.

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Petty is suing New York officials to get his name off the state's Sex Offender Registry.

He claims he never got the chance to challenge the default ruling back in 2004 because he was in prison at the time, and he was never served with a summons.

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

Watch Hough's interview below.
 

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Nicki Minaj's husband has pleaded guilty for failing to register as a sex offender in California, and is now awaiting his prison sentence.

Kenneth "Zoo" Petty entered the guilty plea during a virtual hearing with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on Thursday, according to PEOPLE.

His sentencing is scheduled for January 24, 2022, during which he faces 10 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release.

Petty was convicted in 1995 of attempting to rape a 16-year-old girl and he spent over four years in jail for his crime.

He's registered in NY as a level 2 offender, which means he's considered a "moderate risk of repeat offense". Earlier this year, he sued to get his name removed from the sex offender registry in NY.

He was arrested in March 2020 for failure to register as a sex offender when he and Nicki moved to California.

At the time, he pleaded not guilty and posted $100,000 bail.

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Nicki, 38, and Kenneth, 43, married in October 2019 and welcomed a son together in September 2020.

In unrelated news, Nicki has reached out to the younger generation to collaborate with her on new music.

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The "Super Bass" rapper called on singers Kehlani, 26, (pictured) and Summer Walker, 25, to harmonize on new tracks, and the ladies are totally down to team up with her.

Nicki previewed one track on social media on Tuesday night. On Wednesday, she name-dropped several songstresses on Twitter - including Keke Wyatt, Tamar Braxton, and Brandy - "to redo" the vocals from the snippet.

Nicki tweeted she would "love to hear people who can really do it".

She also shared that she'd love guest vocals from Summer, Jhene Aiko, and Kehlani, writing they "can be good in the blend as well with their harmonies".

Summer responded, "I'd love that," and Nicki responded:

"Ok puddin pop. Love you. Dm (direct message) it or post it when u (you) want."

Rapper Nicki Minaj served up a New Year's treat for her 126 million followers by sharing the first photos of her three-month-old son. The proud Barbie gave thanks to the adorable tyke for making her a first-time mom.

The semi-retired rap star welcomed her first child with husband Kenneth Petty at the end of September, and although she's shared some information about her baby boy online, she declined to post any pictures of her kid - until now.

On Saturday, Nicki shared slideshow of images of the infant, whom she refers to as "Papa Bear".

"#PapaBear thank you so very much for choosing me to be your mama," she captioned the set.

"Wishing you guys a happy & prosperous New Year. Thank you for your love & support throughout this journey. It's meant so much to me. Becoming a mom is by far the most fulfilling job I've ever taken on. Sending love to all the superhero mothers out there. Big hugs to all the women who have been pregnant during this challenging time."

Nicki has yet to reveal her son's legal name.

In related news, Petty's rape victim came forward last year to share details about the brutal incident that changed her life as a youngster over a decade ago.

She also claimed Petty and his people (presumably Nicki) had been harassing her and put a bounty on her head.

Now the woman has come forward again -- not to recant her story, but to tearfully ask Nicki and Petty to leave her family alone.
 

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Nicki Minaj is a first-time mom. The 37-year-old rapper safely delivered her newborn on Wednesday in Los Angeles, sources tell TMZ. Nicki and husband Kenneth "Zoo" Petty haven't revealed the baby's name or sex.

Nicki confirmed her pregnancy back in July, after months of rumors and speculation. She posted a series of photos showing her growing belly. She captioning one post, "#Preggers." She did the photoshoot with famed photographer David LaChappelle.

In June, Nicki flaunted her swollen breasts on Instagram. She asked her followers for tips on the best-fitting maternity bras.

"Oh hey if u wear a triple D cup/double E cup or bigger, what bra is actually comfortable on u? Asking for a friend," she captioned the post.

She received 33,000 responses in her Instagram post from first-time moms who went through the exact "growing pains" and purchased new bras.

The best answer was: "None of them are comfortable."
 


 


 

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Nicki Minaj's ex-convict husband Kenneth "Zoo" Petty has been granted permission to be by the pregnant rapper's side when she gives birth to their first child.

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Petty, 42, is currently free on bond as he awaits trial for failing to register as a sex offender in California after he and Minaj, 37, moved to the state last summer from his native New York, where he was convicted of attempted rape of a minor in 1995.

The terms of his pretrial bond release require Petty to stay in California and obey a curfew. But he sought permission to travel with his wife on business, serving as her manager, so he can be present when the "Starships" rapper goes into labor in a few months.

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According to TMZ, Petty had the terms of his release amended on Friday, July 31, enabling him to travel with Minaj "periodically on business trips as her manager," which will ensure he is present when she goes into labor.

Other pretrial conditions will stay in place, meaning Petty can't use illicit substances and will continue to wear an ankle monitor.

He was granted access to the internet and social media apps in March.

The news comes days after Minaj confirmed rumors suggesting she is expecting the couple's first child by sharing photos from a fun maternity shoot.

The couple tied the knot last October.

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Nicki Minaj has apparently had enough of the bad press surrounding her husband Kenneth "Zoo" Petty.

According to Rhymeswithsnitch, there are rumors that the couple has called it quits after two years. Over the weekend multiple fonts on social media claimed that one of Kenny's friends spilled the beans about the split on Instagram Live.

Petty, who was convicted of first-degree attempted rape in his native New York back in 1995 at age 16, turned himself in to authorities on March 4 after he was indicted by U.S. Marshals for failing to register.

The 41-year-old househusband pleaded not guilty and was freed on bond. A judge later granted Petty permission to go online after he registered as a sex offender.
 

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Nicki Minaj and Kenneth Petty made a fashionable entrance at Marc Jacobs' NYFW runway show on Wednesday in New York City.

The 37-year-old "Megatron" rapper wore a $9,500 Marc Jacobs floral print ruffle dress with camel coloured, knee-high crushed suede stiletto boots. She accessorized her outfit with a canary yellow handbag and an orange cinch belt.

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Nicki says she owes her svelte new figure to her crash diet. Nicki revealed she is only 20 pounds away from her ideal weight. During an episode of her popular Queen Radio talk show, Nicki said she delayed her diet because she lacked discipline.

She said she didn't think she had what it took to stick with the strict diet plan, WENN.com reported.

"I was trying to do this diet and I kept putting it off. I didn't think I could have the discipline in what I ate. Once my mind was committed to it, my body committed to it. I'm still 20 pounds away from my goal weight."

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The "Yikes" rapper said, "I channeled all of my power and now I have control of it. I control how it manifests in my life." She encouraged her readers to do the same, but she cautioned her followers that no one is perfect.

"I've been talking about that this year too, about being kind to yourself, and allowing yourself to be human. While at the same time, being motivated and powerful, but also treating yourself as if you love yourself too, and being easy on yourself. Like, nothing and no one is perfect."

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Nicki Minaj is winning her own weight loss challenge, by revealing she is 20 pounds away from her ideal goal.

In a revealing moment on her Queen Radio talk show, the 37-year-old "Anaconda" rapper admits she's been delaying her diet because she lacked discipline. She said she didn't think she had what it took to stick with the strict diet plan, WENN.com reported.

"I was trying to do this diet and I kept putting it off. I didn't think I could have the discipline in what I ate. Once my mind was committed to it, my body committed to it. I'm still 20 pounds away from my goal weight."

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The "Yikes" rapper said, "I channeled all of my power and now I have control of it. I control how it manifests in my life." She encouraged her readers to do the same, but she cautioned her followers that no one is perfect.

"I've been talking about that this year too, about being kind to yourself, and allowing yourself to be human. While at the same time, being motivated and powerful, but also treating yourself as if you love yourself too, and being easy on yourself. Like, nothing and no one is perfect."

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Nicki stuck to her diet with the help of her husband, Kenneth Petty, who is pictured here making a weed run on New Year's Eve.

Nicki says dieting success gave her a new lease on life. "This has been one of my favorite years so far. I realized I unlocked the lock. I realized that success starts inside you, it doesn't start with success.

"Success doesn't start with success, meaning I don't have to be the number one female rapper. I have to know I can be the number one female rapper."
 

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Nicki Minaj's new husband, Kenneth "Zoo" Petty, 42, reportedly dropped $1.1 million in cash on her wedding ring. The Barbie rapper posted images and videos showing off their rings on Instagram.com.

There are unconfirmed rumors that Nicki gave Zoo the million in cash, along with a note to take to the jeweler. But Nicki and Zoo dismissed the rumors in an Instagram post.


 

"Everybody said that you secured the bag, you married a multi-millionaire and you secured the bag," said Nicki, who was dressed as the Bride of Chucky.

"You know I just cut somebody's mother f**king finger off for that ring," replied Zoo, who is dressed as Chucky.

"You mean, I didn't buy this ring?" Minaj asks him.

"No, you didn't buy that ring!" he responded.

According to reports, the massive ring wasn't ready when the couple tied the knot at a private residence. The custom ring was hand delivered this week, and Nicki excitedly showed it off on social media on Wednesday.

The jeweler, Rafaello & Co., told TMZ that Zoo paid for the ring on his own. But many speculate that the jeweler was instructed to tell TMZ that.

The jeweler also noted that the 17-carat ring is worth an estimated $1.1 million. Kathryn Money, VP of Strategy & Merchandising for Brilliant Earth tells ET that the diamond ring is about 15-carats and the white gold or platinum band alone is worth an estimated $50,000 to $65,000.


 

Nicki married Zoo after a brief, whirlwind courtship. They reportedly met when she was a teenager. He is a registered sex offender who spent time in prison for manslaughter. But Nicki wants to put all of that behind her as she embarks on her new life journey at age 36.

"When I was little, I always imagined princess and marriage and the wedding and now it's more to me about the life, the future, the love, the partnership, than the wedding," she said. "[It's] so strange cause I didn't expect myself to be one of those people who didn't care about the hoopla, but I really don't."

Nicki's diamond bling isn't as impressive as the $10 million, 40 carat rock Steve Harvey gave his wife, Marjorie Harvey, after rumors of infidelities and impending divorce landed him in the headlines.
 


 

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