The rap superstar Nicki Minaj and her husband, Kenneth Petty, are sued by a lady he attempted to rape in 1994 after allegedly harassing her to recant her story. The woman, now 43, alleged she was attacked at knifepoint as a 16-year-old in Queens, NY City, by Petty. He was arrested on suspicion of rape and pleaded guilty to attempted rape, serving four and a half years in prison. The victim has filed a lawsuit alleging Minaj and Petty, who have an 11-month-old son, are harassing and intimidating her to force her to recant her story.
Minaj, 38, is accused of contacting the victim’s family and lying to her social media followers about the incident. The lawsuit, filed within the US district court for the eastern district of latest York, claims Minaj offered her $500,000 (£360,000) to drop the story. After Petty, 43, was arrested in March 2020 for failure to register as a convict in California, it’s alleged the victim was contacted by a childhood friend who acted as an intermediary between her and Minaj. He gave the musician the woman’s number and Minaj is imagined to have called and offered to fly her and her family to l. a. if she could “help” her, consistent with the lawsuit.
The woman declined the offer, it’s claimed. She also turned down Minaj’s offer to possess her publicist draft a press release recanting the rape allegation, the lawsuit states. During her conversation with the hip hop star, the accuser is claimed to possess told her: “I need you to understand woman to woman, that this happened.” Within days of the conversation, it’s claimed, the lady and her family “suffered an onslaught of harassing calls and unsolicited visits”. It is then claimed the accuser’s brother called her and stated two people contacted a loved one saying Minaj had offered half 1,000,000 dollars if she wrote a letter recanting her rape allegation against Petty. the lady is claimed to possess hung up and been left “distraught”.
It is also claimed there was a $20,000 cash offer which Minaj offered to send the woman’s daughter a video message for her 16th birthday “as a bonus”. The lawsuit says the lady has not worked since May 2020 “due to severe depression, paranoia, constant moving, harassment and threats” from Minaj, Petty and their associates. She lives in isolation in Florida out of fear of retaliation, it states. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages. Minaj’s legal team is yet to reply.