Nicki Minaj Requests Punishment For The Lawyer Involved In The Sexual Assault.
Nicki Minaj and her lawyer Judd Burstein are going after attorney Tyrone Blackburn, who represented a woman called Jennifer Hough in a 2021 lawsuit accusing Minaj’s husband Kenneth Petty of sexual assault. Per records obtained by Billboard.
Hough had previously cited Nicki in her lawsuit, alleging intimidation and harassment from the musician. The Pinkprint songwriter allegedly spent $30,000 on legal bills to defend herself against a “frivolous” lawsuit, which was subsequently dismissed without reason in January.
Nicki Minaj Requests Punishment For The Lawyer Involved In The Sexual Assault
Blackburn, according to Burstein, is a “bottom feeder lawyer” who only dismissed Minaj’s lawsuit after “forcing” her to pay the legal bills. Minaj and Burstein are now pursuing criminal charges against him.
“Mr. Blackburn’s conduct in this case has been disgraceful,” In a Monday filing, Burstein wrote: “He should be severely punished for it … so that, hopefully, other lawyers will understand that they have an obligation to their clients, the court, opposing counsel, and the legal profession itself not to pursue bad faith, frivolous, and indeed extortionate litigation in such a reprehensible manner.”
Burstein seeks that Blackburn pay Minaj’s legal fees and that a judge issue an order referring Blackburn to the court’s disciplinary committee for even harsher consequences.
Jennifer Hough and Kenneth Petty’s Case
Jennifer Hough filed a lawsuit in August 2021, alleging that Petty raped her in 1994 and forced her to remain silent. She claimed she had been “traumatized her entire life” and had been harassed by Minaj, Petty, and their “allies, legal teams, and fans” in the past.
“Nicki Minaj, directly and indirectly, reached out to plaintiff Hough’s family members to ensure plaintiff would recant her legitimate claim that defendant Petty raped her,” Hough stated at the time.
The case against Petty is still pending, with Hough requesting a default due to Petty’s slow response to the action.
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