Nicki Minaj and her husband Keneth Petty face a default judgment to the tune of $15 million for failing to answer Jennifer Hough’s lawsuit. Hollywood Unlocked reports that the papers were served back on September 13.
Hough’s attorney, Tyrone A Blackburn, asks in the court filing to “please enter the default of defendants Onika Tanya Maraj, and Kenneth Petty, AKA Zoo, pursuant to Rule 55(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for failure to plead or otherwise defend this action as fully appears from the court file herein and from the attached affirmation of Tyrone A. Blackburn, Esq.”
The couple was given 21 days from the date they were served to answer the complaint. Since they failed to do that, it clears the way for the default judgment.
Hough is locked in a legal battle with the couple after accusing them of trying to intimidate, threaten, bribe, and harass her. She accused Petty of rape back in 1994 when they were both 16. He was initially charged with first-degree rape but pleaded guilty to attempted rape, and he served more than four years in prison.
Petty is also waiting to be sentenced for failing to register as a sex offender in the state of California. He is scheduled to be sentenced in January of 2022 and faces up to 10 years in prison.
Hough recently appeared on The Real, where she detailed the harassment she experienced from the couple. She claims they tried to get her to recant her rape allegation, which she refused to do.
Neither Minaj nor Petty have commented on the allegations publicly.