More details have surfaced in the details of Nicki Minaj’s husband’s previous rape case.
As most fans know, Nicki Minaj got married to her childhood boyfriend, Kenneth Petty, back in 2019. The two welcomed a baby boy together in 2020.
When the relationship went public, so did the sex offender allegations against him. Petty pleaded guilty to the rape of Jennifer Hough in 1994 at his apartment in Queens, New York after initially denying his involvement. At the time of the incident, both he and Hough were 16 years old.
After years of being silenced, Hough has shared her side of the story. During a recent interview on “The Real,” she reveals that both Minaj and Petty have attempted to coerce her with money.
When asked why she made the decision to finally speak out, Hough expressed that she was tired of living in fear.
“I’m tired of being afraid, I feel like the actions that were taken in regards to this whole situation have put me in a different type of fear at my age now,” she said. “And it was wrong and I don’t want to be afraid anymore. So the only way not to be afraid is to continue to speak up.”
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Kenneth is currently registered as a sex offender in New York and most recently plead guilty after failing to register in the state of California when the couple relocated.
Currently, Hough and her lawyer have filed a lawsuit against Minaj and Petty for both defamation and witness intimidation.
“Let’s be clear: We would not be if but for the actions of Nicki Minaj and Kenneth Petty,” Hough’s lawyer chimed in to explain during the interview. “The lawsuit deals with two things: first it deals with the crimes of 1994 when Kenneth Petty raped Jennifer and it also deals with the actions of 2020 when Nicki Minaj and Kenneth Petty decided to send their associates to Jennifer and harras her for a several months span to get her to recant her story from 1994 in order to get him off of the sex offender registry. So the lawsuit deals with harassment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, sexual harassment, and sexual assault.
She also shared the blame that she placed on herself for years after the incident.
“[I spent my life] hiding within myself – living and surviving through insecurities, using them to protect myself,” continued Hough. “Thinking that if I don’t look a certain way, I won’t attract a certain type of attention. I’ve been like that my whole life.”
When asked about previous reports that she once attempted to retract her accusations against Petty, Hough explained that she only did so out of fear and encouragement from a family member who was afraid of harassment by Petty and his family. She also spoke on her thoughts of whether or not justice has been served.
“I don’t think I thought about justice, per se, because I was still blaming myself. I thought it was something that I did or didn’t do,” she said. “I don’t think I thought about if I got justice. I just knew he did what he did and went to jail. I had to leave my family, I had to leave my home and I had to move away. So, yeah, I haven’t really given [it] much thought.”
According to Newsweek, thanks to his March arrest, Petty now faces up to 10 years in prison with a lifetime of supervised release and a potential minimum sentence of five years of supervised release with a $100 court assessment fee.
He is scheduled for sentencing on January 24, 2022.