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Nicki Minaj's legal team slams Jennifer Hough's attorney for claiming she 'SUPPORTS' sex offenders

Jennifer Hough claimed she had been raped by Nicki Minaj's husband Kenneth Petty in 1994 and that the couple bullied her into remaining quiet
UPDATED APR 14, 2022
Jennifer Hough (right) sued Nicki Minaj and her husband in August (Getty Images and YouTube)
Jennifer Hough (right) sued Nicki Minaj and her husband in August (Getty Images and YouTube)

Nicki Minaj's lawyer Judd Burstein responded to a claim made by Jennifer Hough's lawyer — that the raptress has "a reputation of supporting sex offenders" as a baseless and disgusting attack on Monday, April 11. Jennifer Hough sued Nicki Minaj and her husband Kenneth Petty last August. In the lawsuit, Hough claimed that she had been raped by Petty in 1994 and that the couple bullied her into remaining quiet. 

Nicki and her lawyer Burstein first filed a declaration in support of a motion for sanctions against Hough's lawyer, Tyrone Blackburn. Burstein in a Monday, April 11 filing wrote, "Mr. Blackburn's conduct in this case has been disgraceful. He should be severely punished for it … so that, hopefully, other lawyers will understand that they have an obligation to their clients, the court, opposing counsel, and the legal profession itself not to pursue bad faith, frivolous, and indeed extortionate litigation in such a reprehensible manner."


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In response to Burstein's declaration, Blackburn filed a declaration in opposition to what he described as a "ridiculous" motion for sanctions. Blackburn said: "Upon information and belief, [Nicki Minaj] has a reputation of supporting sex offenders." Hough's lawyer made a mention of Minaj's brother, Jelani, who was sentenced in 2020 to 25 years to life after his 2017 conviction on predatory sexual assault and child endangerment.

Blackburn accused the 'Starships' hitmaker of having "orchestrated a public relations campaign attempting to discredit the 11-year-old female victim" in her brother's case, among other things. Hough's lawyer also mentioned Minaj's husband Kenneth Petty's arrest in 2020 after he failed to register as a sex offender in the state of California.


Burstein swiftly blasted Blackburn over the claims: "Faced with a claim that he should be sanctioned because … of his entirely irrelevant accusation-made without any evidentiary support -that [Nicki Minaj] belongs to a murderous street gang, one would have expected Mr. Blackburn to limit his response to an explanation why that allegation was appropriate or at least made in good faith," he said of Tyrone Blackburn, who represents Hough. 

Minaj's lawyer added, "He [Blackburn] did not do so. Instead, he did something far worse: he has now outrageously alleged that [Minaj] supports the sexual abuse of children." Burstein further claimed that the latest action from Blackburn is "yet another example" of a strategy to harass Minaj and harm her reputation. "Mr. Blackburn surely included this outrageous accusation knowing that the media will likely report on the lie, thereby creating the very reputation which he had no basis for alleging in the first place," Burstein said.