Nicki Minaj has hired a powerhouse lawyer to help defend her in the $20 million lawsuit accusing her of harassing her husband’s attempted rape accuser.
According to court documents obtained by Radar, the Pink Friday rapper has brought on pitbull Judd Burstein to represent her in the case brought by Jennifer Hough.
Burstein is known for working on high-profile cases and has represented boxer Oscar De La Hoya in a fight with a Scores stripper and former ESPN vice president Keith Clinkscales in his Erin Andrews scandal. The attorney is well-known in New York legal circles and often represents wealthy families fighting.
As a result, Minaj will now have a couple of weeks to turn in her response to the suit.
Hough is suing the couple for allegedly harassing her and trying to pay her to recant her accusations against Petty. The suit accuses the rapper of harassing, intimidating, and inflicting emotional distress upon her by pressuring her.
Petty is a convicted sex offender. In the ‘90s, Minaj’s husband was arrested for attempted rape against Hough. He was charged with first-degree rape but, then pleaded guilty to attempted rape per a plea deal.
He spent four years behind bars. Hough says after Minaj started dating Petty the rapper started making false public statements about the 1995 case.
She says the entertainer claimed Petty was falsely accused and Hough had recanted her claims in the past. Hough says this was not true and she never changed her story.
In court docs, Hough says Minaj called her up personally and offered to fly her out to Los Angeles. The only provision was Hough would be required to make a statement that said she made up everything.
She turned down the offer but Minaj reportedly kept upping the offer. At one point, Hough says they offered her $500k but she once again turned it down.
After rejecting it, Hough says Minaj’s associates have showed up to her home trying to persuade her and fans have been sending her threats online. Hough accuses Minaj of causing her emotional distress and is seeking unspecified damages.
Minaj has not publicly responded to the claims.