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Woman who accuses Nicki Minaj's husband of rape speaks out

Jennifer Hough, the woman who accused rapper Nick Minaj's husband Kenneth Petty of rape, spoke out for the first tine Wednesday about her lawsuit against Petty and Minaj, who made headlines last week over her skepticism over COVID-19 vaccines.

During an appearance on Wednesday's episode of syndicated talk show "The Real," Hough, along with her attorney Tyrone Blackburn, shared details about the lawsuit filed last month in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

The suit alleges that Minaj ordered her associates to harass Hough in an attempt to get her to recant her previous allegation to help get Petty off the sex offender registry list. 

Petty was arrested in 2020 after failing to register as a sex offender in California, according to TheReal.com.

Hough alleges that she and her family members started to receive an "onslaught of harassing calls and unsolicited visits" from Minaj's camp, according to the suit. 

Blackburn also said that a Minaj associate who offered Hough $20,000 to recant her allegation posted an Instagram video threatening to kill and harm her. 

Blackburn noted that the video was posted after Petty accepted a plea deal for failing to register as a sex offender in the state, TheReal.com reported. 

"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," Hough told the hosts when asked why she is talking about the incident now. 

"So, the only way not to be afraid is to continue to speak up," she added.

Hough accuses Petty of raping her in 1994, when they were both were 16 years old. Petty was arrested and charged with first-degree rape, serving a four-year prison stint after pleading guilty to attempted rape, TheReal.com reported.

Minaj recently garnered international headlines and criticism for sharing her hesitancy on getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

The "Beam Me Up Scotty," singer has defended her husband's past on numerous occasions, telling a fan on social media in 2018 that Hough and Petty were in a relationship at that time, TheReal.com reported. 

Petty, who continues to deny raping Hough, will be sentenced in January after pleading guilty to the single-count indictment of failing to register as a sex offender, TheReal.com noted. 

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