AceShowbiz - Nicki Minaj has shot down accusations of being gang affiliated. The "Super Bass" raptress has set the record straight on the claims made by her husband Kenneth Petty's rape accuser Jennifer Hough.
During a court appearance, the 39-year-old rapper explained why she could have been mistaken for being affiliated with the Makk Balla Brims gang based in Queens, New York. "I was quickly surrounded by my fans, particularly in this instance because my pink Rolls Royce was in the direct sightline of apartment buildings across the street from where I had stopped," she shared.
"While my husband and I recognized a few friends and acquaintances from the neighborhood that night, including Rico Danna, an artist whom I intend to sign to my label, none of them belong to any gang," Nicki stated. The Trinidadian rapper stressed further, "Neither I, my husband, nor anyone I knew made any 'gang' signs that night."
Nicki continued, "I did not mention [Jennifer] or this case that night." The "Beez in the Trap" raptress concluded, "Nor did I hear anyone, including my husband, mention [Jennifer] or this case that night."
Nicki's statement arrived after Tyrone A Blackburn, a lawyer for Jennifer, claimed that the married couple was affiliated with the Makk Balla Brims gang. "[Kenneth] Petty and Maraj were both in this district, in Jamaica, Queens, New York," the attorney told a judge.
"As seen on an Instagram live video currently up on Maraj's Instagram page, both Maraj and Petty were seen associating with members of the Makk Ballers set of the Bloods Gang," Tyrone further claimed. "Petty and Maraj are both members of this gang."
Tyrone then alleged that the members of the gang had harassed his client online. He said, "Shortly after Petty and Maraj are spotted with their gangster colleagues, a member of the gang posted a death threat to Ms. Hough on Twitter, stating, 'Jennifer if you see this, the Makks are coming to get you.' "
Jennifer filed her lawsuit against Nicki and Kenneth back in August as she accused them of intentional infliction of emotional distress, harassment as well as witness intimidation. Jennifer claimed the "Anaconda" femcee sent her lawyers to her home to pressure her into withdrawing her rape allegations. Prior to that, the rapper reportedly tried to bribe Jennifer's brother through her assistants, but the attempts didn't work.
As for Kenneth, he was convicted and placed on a sex offender list, but Nicki has always maintained her husband and Jennifer were dating at the time of the incident. However, the victim already denied the star's claims, telling Garcelle Beauvais and Adrienne Bailon on "The Real", "We both were 16, we were never in a relationship. I just felt woman to woman that was wrong of her."