“I’m tired of being afraid,” Jennifer Hough, a woman who accused Nicki Minaj’s husband Kenneth Petty of rape in September 1994, said on the American talk show The Real.
Hough’s interview on the show was the first time she ever publicly spoke about the issue. She was joined by her lawyer Tyrone Blackburn.
She also revealed a lawsuit she filed against the Trinidadian-born rapper and Minaj in August. It deals with the incident in 1994 and the recent actions of the couple who harassed her for “a seven-month span to get her to recant her story from 1994 in order to get him off the sex offender registry.”
There have also been times when people approach her daughter about the issue.
According to the filing, “Plaintiff (Hough) has not worked since May of 2020 due to severe depression, paranoia, constant moving, harassment and threats from the Defendants (Minaj and Petty) and their associates. She is currently living in isolation out of fear of retaliation.”
She accused the couple of “witness intimidation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress, harassment, assault, battery, sexual assault and sexual harassment.”
Hough also talked about what happened in 1994 in detail, where Petty “held her at knifepoint and forced her into a residence where he allegedly raped her.” Petty pleaded guilty to attempted rape and served four and a half years in the New York State Prison.
Hough said it affected her in many ways, but she’s done being afraid anymore. “The only way to not be afraid is to continue to speak up.”