Rapper Nicki Minaj and her husband Kenneth 'Zoo' Petty are being sued by the woman he was convicted of trying to rape back in 1995.
Petty was jailed for four-and-a-half years after he pleaded guilty to attempted rape of the woman who was just 16 at the time.
Now the 43-year-old victim claims the American rapper, whose real name is Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty, offered her half a million dollars to retract her claims after her husband was arrested in March 2020.
Petty was arrested for failing to register as a sex offender when the happy couple moved to the state of California prior to the pandemic.
After his recent arrest, Minaj is said to have called the woman he assaulted in the early 90s to offer a large sum of cash and allegedly said she would get her publicist to draft a statement recalling the rape claims.
In the lawsuit filed in the US District Court in Eastern New York, Hough said she “has not worked since May of 2020 due to severe depression, paranoia, constant moving, harassment and threats from the defendants and their associates.
“She is currently living in isolation out of fear of retaliation.”
The case now seeks unspecified damages following her claims and goes on to allege Minaj and Petty carried out harassment, witness intimidation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The Daily Star has contacted a representative for Nicki Minaj for a comment.
The Starships hitmaker and her husband Petty first found love in December 2018, and the sparks between them were electric as the couple decided to tie the knot just one year later in October 2019.
The couple has since welcomed a son after Minaj announced she was pregnant in July 2020 with a series of saucy snaps of her in an eccentric two-piece ensemble as she cradled her blooming baby bump.
And the new parents haven’t been shy about their new bundle of joy as the Anaconda singer has shared shots of the little man all over her Instagram feed but is yet to announce his name.
The tot has been seen wearing designer baby grows including Fendi at their home in California and occasionally goes by the nickname Papa Bear across her social media posts.
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