Nicki Minaj and her husband, Kenneth Petty, were accused of being members of one of New York City’s most dangerous gangs during his sexual assault trial.
Petty, who is married to the “Anaconda” rapper, is on trial for allegedly threatening and attempting to bribe Jennifer Hough, who accused him of raping her in 1994. During court testimony, Hough’s attorney, Tyrone Blackburn, said Minaj, born Onika Maraj, and her husband, belonged to the Makk Balla Brims gang, according to court documents obtained by AllHipHop.com.
“[Kenneth] Petty and Maraj were both in this district, in Jamaica, Queens, New York. 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. Petty and Maraj are both members of this gang,” Blackburn told Judge Eric Vitaliano.
“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,’” Blackburn added.
As previously reported, Hough filed a $20 million civil suit against Petty. She accused him, and his wife, of threatening her to retract her allegations that he raped her in 1994. Hough also says in her lawsuit that Petty and Minaj offered up $500,000 to recant her story.
Petty was convicted of first-degree attempted rape in the case in April 1995 and sentenced to 18 to 54 months in prison. In January 2020, he was indicted by a federal grand jury for failing to register as a sex offender when he moved to Los Angeles. In August, Petty plead guilty to the charge. His sentencing is set for January 24, 2022.
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