Nicki Minaj is a multi-faceted platinum recording artist with over 10 years of stardom under her belt. Minaj has been repeatedly considered the queen of rap because of her authentic and unique music. However, Minaj’s legacy is now complicated outside of his musical successes.
Last September, Kenneth Petty pleaded guilty to not registering as a sex offender following a previous conviction. Petty, Minaj’s longtime boyfriend and husband, was convicted of attempted first-degree rape in New York City in April 1995 and spent nearly four years in a New York State prison.
Prior to her plea in September, Petty’s victim in the 1995 case filed a lawsuit in August 2021 against Minaj and her husband for trying to force her to retract in court. The woman, who identified herself as Jennifer Hough, said in the lawsuit that Petty and Minaj started contacting her after her recent arrest. Hough says they even went so far as to offer him $ 500,000 to say the rape didn’t happen and to drop the charges.
Minaj went out of her way to defend her husband, once saying on Instagram that Hough and Kenneth were “in a relationship at the time.” Minaj also denied allegations on his radio show, “Queen Radio”, stating that he had been wrongfully accused of rape.
Hough made an appearance on the talk show “The Real” to tell his side of the story and relive those horrific moments.
“I knew what he wanted,” Hough said. “He pushed me onto the bed, we fought over my clothes.” Hough said after Petty raped her he stood in the nearby mirror and allegedly said, “I’m the man, I’m the man.”
Hough also spoke about his feelings about Minaj’s statements that Kenneth had been falsely accused.
“It was like reliving that because it was a lie, it wasn’t true, we were both 16, we were never a couple. I just felt, from woman to woman, that it was wrong of her. “Hough said. Since the interview aired, neither Minaj nor her husband have commented.
Since I discovered this news, I have been in shambles as a former “barb”. I have been Nicki and her music since I was 11. Hearing her not only surround herself with sexual assailants but also marry one and defend one is a tough pill to swallow.
Many fans have expressed their disappointment, as well as their concern, but it seems to have fallen on deaf ears. His choice not to even bother to address the problem is even more of a slap in the face. Nicki has been such a role model to so many people, and it’s a shame to see her do something like that.
It’s very sad to see a lot of her fans take it for her in the name of not “canceling” her. While I am saddened that this is the path Nicki has chosen, I am happy that I am no longer condescending to someone who co-signs and defends sexual assault.