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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 played Santa to the children of Real Housewives of Potomac stars Gizelle Bryant and Robyn Dixon.

The mom-of-one purchased Gucci products for Gizelle's three daughters, Gucci wallets for Robyn's two sons, and a hat and scarf for Ashley Darby's toddler son.

Gizelle was grateful:

"I'm SPEECHLESS! So I've never bought my girls high end bags because I always wanted to keep them HUMBLE," she wrote.

"Always felt like humility and gratitude is way more important than stylin and profilin for children. So for their 1st @gucci bag to be gifted by the MEGA ICON SUPERSTAR @nickiminaj for Christmas is PRICELESS! Nicki my kids are screaming thru the house. You have made their YEAR! Thank you for being so sweet, this is beyond special!!"

While Gizelle thought the gifts were a nice gesture, her RHOP co-star, Mia Thornton, was not impressed with Nicki.

Mia was reportedly upset that Nicki forgot to bless her child with Gucci.

"Guess I'm headed to the Gucci store," she wrote on Instagram. "I forgot I have a 13-year-old who's on social."

Black Twitter was also not impressed. One Twitter user wrote:

"How @NICKIMINAJ buying anybody kids Gucci when she got step kids a lil bro/sis she ain't advertising gifts for and her son ain't always drippipped [sic] in designer ... sounds like they both broke to me."

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Last Sunday Porsha Williams' Real Housewives of Atlanta spin-off, 'Porsha's Family Matters' debuted on Bravo Network. The ratings are in.

According to RhymeswithSnitch, "Less than 1 million people tuned in for Porsha's show despite over a million turning in for Nicki and the ladies from Potomac."

Only 869,000 viewers tuned in to watch Porsha's Family Matters, starring Simon Guobadia, 57, and his fiancee Porsha, 40.

Porsha's Family Matters should have benefited from following the Real Housewives of Potomac reunion show finale hosted by Nicki Minaj.

Simon scandalously cheated on his wife, Falynn, with Porsha. For some reason, Bravo thought viewers would tune in to watch a cheating man and a homewrecker.

It seems viewers tuned out because no one likes a cheater.

By the way, Nicki Minaj helped the RHOP pull in 1.2 million viewers.

Watch the full episode of Porsha's Family Matters' series premier below (if you care).
 

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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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Nicki Minaj revealed her new facial surgery that fans say makes her look Asian.

Nicki is the latest celebrity to go under the knife for a drastically new look.

Nicki shared a new video on her Instagram account that has fans buzzing online.

Nicki, who is part Asian, is immersed in the Asian culture. She refers to herself as "Asian Doll" and "Chun Li."

In unrelated news, former Little Mix star Jesy released a promo photo for her new single "Boyz" featuring Nicki.

Jesy captioned her post: "ITS TIME @nickiminaj 8.10.21 #Boyz."

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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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Rihanna's Savage x Fenty show is set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video. The star-studded lineup includes some of today's hottest artists and models. However, one rapper won't be among the lineup.

Nicki made headlines last week when she told her Twitter followers she was unvaccinated. She urged them to do their own research and stop watching the mainstream news.

NSNBC anchor Joy Reid dragged Nicki and accused her of jeopardizing the lives of Black people with her vaccine "misinformation."

Over 70% of Black NY residents are unvaccinated.

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Now Rihanna 33, is weighing in. MTO News has learned that Rihanna dropped Nicki, 38, from her upcoming show Fenty x Savage show.

A source tells MTO:

"Rihanna was cool, she wanted Nicki in the show, but the powers that be are forcing her to cut Nicki out. There are powerful people out there trying to cancel Nicki."

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Rihanna's star-studded lineup includes pop singer Normani (pictured); actress Thuso Mbedu, models Gigi Hadid, Irina Shayk, Jeremy Pope, Leiomy Adriana Lima, Alek Wek, pop artists Erykah Badu, Nas, Daddy Yankee, Jazmine Sullivan, Ricky Martin, and more!

Below is a preview of the fashion show.
 

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Nicki Minaj doxxed a newspaper reporter who contacted her cousin to say CNN was threatening to expose him.

Nicki has been under fire for her claim that a friend of her cousin's experienced impotency and swollen testicles after getting the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine.

Nicki's tweets sparked denials from the CDC, Dr. Anthony Fauci and the White House. She was reported booted off Twitter twice.

The drama boiled over on Friday after a Trinidad-based reported, Sharlene Rampersad contacted Nicki's cousin via WhatsApp to request an interview.

When the unidentified cousin ignored the reporter's interview request, she wrote:

"CNN is in the country looking for you. And when they find you, they won't hesitate to reveal where you live where your gf lives... anything and anyone who is tied to you."

Rampersad promised not to reveal his contact info to CNN if he spoke with her.

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Nicki was livid. She took to social media and shared screengrabs of the WhatsApp conversation between the reporter and her cousin.

Nicki claimed her cousin is now in hiding from CNN and she accused the reporter and CNN of "threatening my family in Trinidad". She added, "it won't bode well for you."

In another post on her Instagram Story, Nicki called the reporter a "dirty h*e" and published her phone number.

The reporter responded: "I will be taking you to court @nickiminaj."

Nicki's "Barbz" reportedly called the reporter's number and tagged CNN in their tweets.

One Twitter user wrote:

"Apparently, the real issue for CNN is that Nikki engaged in Free Speech (yes, I disagree with her stance on COVID, but, she's entitled to it)."

Another person tweeted:

"I have always been a CNN supporter & thought the left had some sense but this situation with Nicki Minaj has opened my eyes that main stream media is all about pushing their agendas and tearing apart and LYING on anyone who doesnt fit their agenda."

And a third person wrote:

"@CNN and @Guardian are literally harassing and THREATENlNG Nicki Minaj's family in Trinidad if her they do not talk to them! How is this legal?! It needs to stop NOW."

Nicki also dragged CNN host Don Lemon for criticizing her on his program.

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A small but vocal group of Nicki Minaj supporters protested outside the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta on Wednesday.

According to Yahoo! News, the group was comprised of members of the anti-vaccine Black Hammer organization.

The protesters shouted "Nicki told the truth!" and "Fauci lied to me!" - referring to Dr. Anthony Fauci, Covid-19 adviser to Pres. Joe Biden.

The demonstrators also chanted "down with the CDC, Fauci lies to me."

A man in a black mask holding a megaphone said, "Nicki Minaj said I'm not going to take your vaccine."

The activists approached cars leaving the CDC headquarters on the city's northeast side.

Nicki sparked controversy earlier this week when she tweeted her reason for skipping this year's Met Gala.

The "Anaconda" rapper told her 22.6 million followers she was unvaccinated and preferred to do her own research before getting the vaccine.

She also claimed a friend of her cousin in her native Trinidad experienced impotency and swollen testicles after getting the shots.

Health ministers in Trinidad held an urgent press conference to deny the claim.

The ministers told the BBC "there is absolutely no reported side effect or adverse event of testicular swelling in Trinidad."

Watch the video below.

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Nicki Minaj launched into an expletive-filled rant on Instagram on Wednesday, after being accused of lying about being invited to the White House.

Nicki caused liberals' heads to explode on Twitter.com on Wednesday, after she retweeted a video of Fox News host Tucker Carlson defending her decision to challenge the vaccine mandates.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Nicki said she skipped the Met Gala on Monday because she is unvaccinated and she wanted to do more research about natural immunity.

The mom-of-one was criticized for doing independent research and making her own health decisions without their input.

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Nicki lashed out at her followers who called Carlson a "white supremacist."

The rapper told Twitter followers that she'd been invited to the White House to discuss her concerns about side effects of the Covid-19 vaccination with top health officials.

Nicki, who recently suggested the vaccine can lead to impotency and swollen testicles, wrote on Twitter:

"The White House has invited me & I think it's a step in the right direction. Yes, I'm going. I'll be dressed in all pink like Legally Blonde so they know I mean business. I'll ask questions on behalf of the ppl who have been made fun of for simply being human."

The rapper subsequently asked her Twitter followers to send their questions and concerns to her, so she can relay them to health officials.

In response to one post from a fan, she wrote:

"I'm doing it, babe. If you guys have questions you'd like me to ask, leave in the comments. You'll see it in real time with full transparency."

However, a White House official debunked Nicki's claim, and told NBC News that the "Starships" rapper had only been "offered" a call to discuss questions about "the safety and effectiveness" of the vaccine.

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Nicki hit back in a video posted to her Instagram page - after alleging she had been banned from Twitter due to her controversial posts about the vaccine.

She told her followers:

"Let me ask y'all something. In the 10, 12, 13 years, however many years you guys have known of me. Do y'all think that I would go on the Internet and lie about being invited to the f**king White House? Like, what? Do you guys see what is happening right now? Oh my goodness!"

She alleged that the call from the White House was genuine, and her manager was present when she took the call.

She claimed that she was invited to attend a meeting with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Chief Medical Advisor to the U.S. President, but was also told she could do a live chat if she preferred.

"It's disgusting that a person can't speak about just questions or thoughts they're having about something they're gonna have to put in their body - that this attack is this hateful and purposeful. Y'all saying all this s**t on the internet wouldn't make a f**king peep in real life to these artists that you tweet and comment every f**king day."

Nicki added:

"We're living in a place without free health care. So anybody in this country has the right to question anything about their health because if your health matters that f**king much there would be free f**king health care, bozos."

The "Bang Bang" star concluded by promising her followers she would "follow up on this tomorrow".

Nicki has been an outspoken critic of the COVID-19 vaccine in recent days. She urged her followers to do their own research and to not be bullied into taking the vaccines.

Watch Nicki's rant below.