Nicki Minaj — who announced she’s pregnant with Kenneth Petty’s baby in July 2020 — was dropped from the August 2020 lawsuit filed by Jennifer Hough. But while the lawsuit was “voluntarily dismissed” in January when it comes to Minaj, according to TMZ, Petty has not been removed from the lawsuit.
But how could the previous charges made against Petty affect the lawsuit going forward? Mitra Ahouraian, a Beverly Hills-based entertainment attorney who represents actors, models, directors, producers, and financiers, spoke exclusively to Nicki Swift about the case, revealing what the latest development really means.
“Petty’s criminal conviction for attempted rape establishes that actually happened, so she does not need to prove that here. The remainder of his criminal history will only come in if it is relevant to the claims she is making, or if the judge permits, can be entered to establish a pattern of conduct. Otherwise, it can’t be used as evidence in the case,” Ahouraian explained.
Ahouraian also shared that Petty pleading guilty of failing to register as a sex offender in California in March 2020 comes with “a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and lifetime parole,” which “may have been what triggered Hough to file this civil lawsuit just months later.” Ahouraian added, “Since he didn’t register as a sex offender, which was part of his 1995 sentencing, Hough’s statements suggest he thought he could do whatever he wanted.”