AceShowbiz - Nicki Minaj's battle against Kenneth Petty's accuser isn't over just yet. Although Jennifer Hough voluntarily dropped her harassment lawsuit against the couple, the "Anaconda" hitmaker reportedly will still fight for her money lost in their legal dispute.
The case was dismissed on Wednesday, January 12. Revealing the news was Jennifer's attorney, Tyrone Blackburn, who told the press, "The case against Nicki was voluntarily dismissed. The case against Kenneth Petty is still ongoing. Stay tuned!"
It's unclear what prompted Jennifer to take the decision. However, a source told TMZ that "there was not any sort of financial settlement reached" for the dismissal.
While Nicki can now breathe a sigh of relief, she wants her money back. In an email sent by her attorney Judd Burstein to Jennifer's, Judd said, "Your conduct in pursuing this case against Nicki represents the worst of our legal system: bottom-feeding lawyers who pursue frivolous actions against a celebrity assuming that they will be paid off if they throw up enough dirt."
"While [this] may be the end of your efforts to extort Nicki into a settlement, it is just the beginning of Nicki's and my efforts to make you pay for your disgraceful conduct," Judd added. "You forced my client to spend over $300,000 in fees to defend a case which even my Labradoodle, Gracie, could see was frivolous on both the facts and the law."
Jennifer, who claimed that she's raped by Kenneth in 1994 when she's 16 years old, launched legal action against Nicki back in August 2021. She accused the Trinidadian and her husband of intentional infliction of emotional distress, harassment as well as witness intimidation.
Jennifer also alleged that Nicki tried to bribe her $500,000 to rescind her story, which the latter denied. "During the call, I never asked her to change her story; I never offered her any money in return for a statement, and I did not threaten her with any type of harm if she chose not to provide a statement," the raptress explained in her filing. "In fact, I emphatically told her that I did not want her to lie about anything and to tell the truth about what she had just revealed to me only if she was comfortable with doing so."