The woman accusing Nicki Minaj and her husband Kenneth Petty of harassment and intimidation in a lawsuit filed last month has spoken out for the first time on television.
Jennifer Hough appeared on Wednesday’s episode of The Real alongside her lawyer Tyrone Blackburn. Hough alleged the “Anaconda” artist and Petty sent associates to try to intimidate and pressure her to recant her 1994 allegation that Petty raped her when she was 14 years old and he was 16.
“I’m tired of being afraid. I feel like the actions that were taken in regards to this whole situation have put me in a different type of fear, at my age now, and it was wrong. And I don’t want to be afraid anymore. So, the only way not to be afraid is to continue to speak up,” Hough told hosts Garcelle Beauvais and Adrienne Houghton.
Hough was asked what she would like to achieve from the lawsuit she filed in August.
“To let them know that they were wrong and you can’t do this to people—you shouldn’t do this to people. He did something a long time ago and he had consequences that he was supposed to stick with. What they did to me and my family wasn’t ok,” she responded.
Hough alleged Minaj and Petty offered her $20,000 to recant her statement, along with placing multiple calls to her.
Petty was convicted in New York in 1995, for the attempted rape of Hough. He was sentenced to 18 months to 54 Months in state prison, according to the New York Criminal Justice Services website.
Following his release, Petty failed to register as a sex offender when he moved from New York to California in 2019. He pleaded guilty on Sept. 9, 2021, during a virtual hearing in federal court in Los Angeles, and now faces up to ten years in prison.
The Real reports it reached out to Petty’s lawyers and Minaj’s representatives, who did not respond to requests for comment.
Watch a clip of Hough’s interview below: