"Clout chaser leave nicki alone," one user messaged Hough, who replied: "That's an awful thing to say to someone you don't know. I'm gna pray for you. And FYI I'm not bothering anyone. Just speaking facts."
"You're just a thief trying to make money off Nicki Minaj and Kenneth's name," another troll wrote to Petty's alleged victim via Instagram DMs.
Blackburn said the startling responses from the "Tusa" songstress' fans only reinforced what Hough said in her first interview since the 1994 attack — she's been living in fear for years because of her connection to Petty. Apart from having to change her phone number, Hough told The Real hosts: "I had to leave my family, I had to leave my home, and I had to move away.”
Minaj's husband was convicted in 1995 for first-degree attempted rape in New York, and most recently got in trouble with the law after he failed to register as a sex offender in California, where he has been residing.
OK! reported the 43-year-old pleaded guilty to failure to register as a sex offender in the state earlier this month and is now facing a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison in addition to a lifetime of supervised release.
Hough opened up about the attempted rape and how the couple tried to silence her while appearing on the talk show alongside her lawyer. She addressed the fear that had been instilled in her by Minaj and Petty — who wed in 2019 and welcomed their first child together last October — claiming associates of the two put pressure on her to take back her statements after she spoke out publicly.
"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,” Hough said in her first televised interview.
OK! previously reported Hough sued the couple in August, claiming Minaj and Petty have “directly and indirectly harassed” and threatened her to keep her mouth shut. Hough said the rapper tried bribing her to take back her claim, and when she refused the money, Minaj's lawyers began showing up to her home to try and convince her to retract her allegation.