The woman who accused Nicki Minaj’s husband, Kenneth Petty, of rape spoke out in her first TV interview.
Jennifer Hough appeared on “The Real” Wednesday, telling hosts Garcelle Beauvais and Adrienne Houghton, “I’m tired of being afraid” before alleging that both Minaj, 38, and Petty, 43, have tried to pay her off to silence her.
Hough said the “Super Bass” rapper once reached out to her “in regards to helping her, helping them in this situation,” but alleged she started to receive “threats” because she said “no to every offer.”
“The last incident was when one of their associates put $20,000 dollars on my lap,” Hough claimed. “And I still kept saying no. The last message I received was that I should have taken the money because they’re going to use that money to put on my head.”
In a lawsuit obtained by Page Six and filed last month in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Hough accused the high-profile couple of witness intimidation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress, harassment, assault, battery, sexual assault and sexual harassment.
According to the suit, Hough and members of her family were allegedly offered repeated cash bribes for as much as $500,000 by Minaj and her associates to get the accuser to recant her story.
Hough said on “The Real” that she spoke to Minaj in March 2020 because the “Starships” rapper had learned that Hough was “willing to help them out in a situation.”
“I didn’t understand what she was referring to,” Hough alleged. “She offered to fly me and my family to LA. I turned it down. And I told her, woman to woman, this really happened. And I hadn’t spoken to her since.”
In the emotional interview, Hough also detailed the alleged rape, which she claimed took place on Sept. 16, 1994, when she was just in high school.
She alleged that Petty approached her at a bus stop, pulled a knife, held it to her back and led her to a nearby house, where he raped her.
“I knew what he wanted,” Hough said. “He pushed me down on the bed, we wrestled for my clothes.”
She was able to escape, and when she arrived at school, she told security what allegedly happened. Petty was arrested that day, and she was taken to the hospital.
Hough denied on “The Real” that she ever had a romantic relationship with Petty, going against Minaj’s December 2018 claim on Instagram that the two were an item.
Hough said on the talk show that she told the district attorney she wanted to drop the charges, but that didn’t mean the incident didn’t happen.
Petty denied he raped Hough and spent over four years in prison for attempted rape.
Hough said Wednesday that she hopes the lawsuit will “let them know that they were wrong.”
“You can’t do this to people. You shouldn’t do this to people,” she added. “He did something a long time ago, and he had consequences that he was supposed to stick with. What they did to me and my family wasn’t OK.”
Hough concluded, “It wasn’t right, and it doesn’t matter how much money you have. It doesn’t matter what your status is. You can’t intimidate people to make things go better for you. And that’s what they did.”
Reps for Minaj and Petty did not immediately return Page Six’s requests for comment.
Minaj and Petty welcomed their first child, a son, in September 2020 after marrying in October 2019.