While appearing on The Real alongside her attorney Tyrone A. Blackburn, Hough spoke candidly about the fear that has been instilled in her by the rapper and her husband as she emphasized that she is "tired of being afraid." After Hough spoke out publicly, she said that associates of of Minaj and Petty put pressure on her to take back her statements.
"I feel like the actions that were taken in regards to this whole situation put me in a different type of fear at my age, and it was wrong. I don’t want to be afraid anymore. The only way not to be afraid is to speak up,” she said in her first televised interview.
Recalling the horrific alleged incident, Hough relied to the panel, “It was September 16 of ’94. It was a Friday morning. I was on my way to school — high school. I seen him at a bus stop. I didn’t think anything of it, other than, ‘There goes Kenny across the street. And before you know it, he was grabbing ahold of my jacket.”
Hough detailed how the 43-year-old, who married Minaj in 2019, allegedly pushed something into her back, which she believed to be a gun and forced her into his house. As she pleaded with Petty to set her free, he demanded that she take her clothes off before he sexually assaulted her.
“After he got off the top of me, he stood in the mirror and beat his chest. He said, ‘I’m the man, I’m the man.’ I’m asking him, ‘Please let me go, I won’t tell nobody.’ He just was into the mirror, into himself, and he went to light a cigarette," the alleged victim stated.
When asked about what her idea of getting justice would be, Hough replied, “I don’t think I thought about justice, per se, because I was still blaming myself. I thought it was something that I did or didn’t do. So I don’t think I thought about if I got justice. I just knew he did what he did and he went to jail. I had to leave my family, I had to leave my home, and I had to move away.”
“I was so afraid of being found out,” Hough said. “I was so afraid of being known as the person he violated, and I didn’t want that. You know, it’s Nicki Minaj. I didn’t want that to reflect on my children,” Hough openly stated.