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In her first television interview, Jennifer Hough appeared on The Real to talk about her issues with Nicki Minaj and husband Kenneth Petty. Hough alleged Petty raped her at knifepoint in 1994, and last month filed a lawsuit against the couple—whose son turns 1 this month—claiming years of relentless harassment.
“I’m tired of being afraid,” she said. “The only way not be afraid is to continue to speak up.”
She described the 1994 incident, which Petty was convicted of in 1995, saying she was on her way to high school when he began to assault her, grabbing her by her jacket and pressing something she believed to be a gun against her back. He then allegedly took her to a house nearby, throwing her on a bed as he forcefully took off her clothes.
“I don’t know why it didn’t dawn on me to, like, really fight,” Hough told the hosts with tears in her eyes. “I just held on to my pants, and he’d hold my arms down. He squeezed the sides of my stomach so hard, and so I’d let go and as soon as I let go he’d grab my pants.”
After the assault, she said Petty beat his chest in the mirror and said, “I’m the man, I’m the man.” She ran to school shortly after, and when she reported the incident to the police, he was arrested. At the time, Petty’s family claimed to police that the two were in a relationship, which Hough said was not the case.
“We were never in a relationship,” Hough said. “We never talked on the phone, we never hung out together. I just knew him from the neighbourhood.”
Petty’s family allegedly pressured Jennifer to drop the charges. During the ordeal, Hough told someone she wanted to “drop the charges” because of the turmoil she was going through, but she never recanted or changed her story, despite what Nicki Minaj has previously claimed.