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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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Dr. Dre's estranged wife dealt him a low blow at the cemetery as he buried his beloved grandmother.

According to TMZ, a process server for Nicole Threatt Young attempted to serve Dre with legal documents at his grandmother's burial site.

Sources tell TMZ that Dre was at a Los Angeles cemetery on Monday to lay to rest the woman who helped raise him.

A process server approached Dre as he stood near his grandma's casket and attempted to serve him.

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However, Nicole's camp tells TMZ that Dre was respectfully served with the papers in the cemetery's parking lot after the burial.

Dre reportedly responded in anger and refused to take the documents from the server, who dropped the documents at the graveside and left.

Nicole's sources say the papers were dropped in the parking lot.

In most states, it is legal to drop a summons or subpoena on the ground if a person refuses to be served.

TMZ reports that the papers involved a demand for additional payment of Nicole's exorbitant attorney's fees.

If you recall, a judge ordered Dre to pay Nicole an additional $1,550,000 in attorney's fees.

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The legendary rapper has already shelled out a payment of $2 million to her lawyers. And in the past year, he made two separate payments of $500,000 each.

Dr. Dre objected to the excessive attorney's fees - which now total more than $4.5 million, but the judge dismissed his complaints.

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Dr. Dre can't catch a break in the courtroom.

Just 2 months after a judge ordered Dre to pay his estranged wife, Nicole Young, $300,000 per month in temporary spousal support, he is now ordered to pay an additional $1.5 million in attorney's fees.

According to legal documents, obtained by The Blast, the judge presiding over Dre's divorce case has issued a temporary order covering Nicole's attorney's fees.

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Besides the massive spousal support, the judge ordered Dre to pay an extra $1.55 million in attorney fees - for a total of over $4 million.

The legendary rapper has already shelled out a payment of $2 million to her lawyers. And in the past year, he made two separate payments of $500,000 each.

Dr. Dre objected to the excessive attorney's fees - which now total more than $4 million, but the judge dismissed his complaints.

The judge said Nicole's attorneys can charge exorbitant hourly rates because they are "certified family law specialists" with "significant years of experience".

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"Ms. Samantha F. Spector and Lisa Helfend Meyer, certified family law specialists, have significant years of experience in family law and have extensive practical experience in complex family law matters. Considering the level of the case's complexity, and the issues involved, an attorney of their level and skill is reasonably necessary; and therefore, the various hourly rates of the primary and secondary attorneys participating in this litigation are reasonable and justifiable."

Dr. Dre is being ordered to pay all of Nicole's lawyer's fees based on the "disparity" in their assets and income.

According to the court order, Nicole has assets totaling "approximately 39 million dollars" while Dr. Dre has a net worth of approximately "243 million dollars."

The judge also ordered the estranged couple to settle out of court for permanent spousal support before the case goes to trial. Otherwise, their divorce case could end up being the most expensive in history.

Either way, it's a lose-lose situation for Dr. Dre.

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