Nicki Minaj and her husband, Kenneth Petty, are accused of harassment and intimidation by Petty’s sexual assault victim, Jennifer Hough.
Hough—a woman who accused Petty of rape 20 years ago—filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York against the “Megatron” rapper and her husband on Friday. The Guardian reported that she claimed the couple tried to intimidate her into recanting her rape accusation against Petty and that Minaj tried bribing her.
The lawsuit claims Minaj, 38, and Petty, 43, began harassing Hough and her family members last year after Petty was arrested for failing to register as a sex offender in California due to the rape case.
Minaj allegedly offered Hough $20,000 and a personal happy birthday message to her daughter “as a bonus” if Hough withdrew her story. One of the woman’s family members was allegedly offered $500,000. The suit also claims that Hough received a slew of harassing phone calls and visits from people associated with Minaj and Petty.
“As a direct result of the actions of Defendant Minaj and Defendant Petty, Plaintiff has been traumatized her entire life,” the lawsuit states. “Plaintiff has never felt safe since being raped by Defendant.”
Hough, 43, is reportedly seeking unspecified damages, according to People Magazine. She’s also suing Minaj and her husband for intentional infliction of emotional distress and alleges sexual assault and battery, which refers to the 1994 rape incident.
In the lawsuit, Hough recounts the story. She said she was on her way to school when Petty, then 16, grabbed her at knifepoint and sexually assaulted her inside a home in Queens, New York, on Sept. 16, 1994. He served four and a half years in prison after he pleaded guilty to attempted rape.
Minaj and Petty, who share a 1-year-old son, have not made a statement addressing the accusations or lawsuit.