Barely a week after headlines rang across the Web that a lawsuit against rapper Nicki Minaj and her husband Kenneth Petty had been voluntarily dropped by Jennifer Hough, the woman who sued the couple on allegations of harassment and witness intimidation, new reports are indicating the latter’s legal team is looking to pick up the fight again – this time on a new battleground.
Hough made news in 2021 when she took to press to claim she was being pressured by the Pettys to withdraw a statement she made about the sexual assault Kenneth was convicted for carrying out on her in 1994. The woman alleged Nicki directly threatened her about drawing attention to the matter.
When news of Hough’s voluntary dismissal of the suit hit the Web last week, Minaj’s lawyer not only vowed to make the woman pay the legal fees for the drama but also slammed her for what was suggested to be an extortion attempt.
“In my view, 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 enough dirt,” said Judd Bernstein, the attorney for rapper.
The response to Bernstein’s comment? Steven N. Gordon, Hough’s legal representative, is moving the case to California.
On Thursday (January 20), it was reported the lawyer claimed “the only reason Minaj was voluntarily dropped from the civil litigation filed in the Eastern District of New York was because jurisdictional issues require Hough to move her claims against Minaj to a different coast.”
At a hearing, Gordon said he’ll be refiling the suit “in a court with proper jurisdiction.” Later identifying California as the best venue because that’s where the Pettys currently reside, Gordon also delivered a statement to ‘Rolling Stone’ and said he and Hough “still feel very strongly about the merits of the case against [the Pettys].”
Bernstein quickly hit back.
“This is just a frivolous gambit to avoid a sanctions motion which I told them that I would be filing shortly and for which they refuse to set a schedule,” Nicki’s lawyer also said in a statement to ‘Rolling Stone.’ “As usual, they have decided to adopt a tactic without bothering to research the law. Had they done so, they would realize that re-filing their frivolous action in another jurisdiction will only result in another court sanctioning them.”