Nicki Minaj Claps Back at Claims She Owes $173 Million to the IRS

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“Every day I learn you’re getting dumber and damn dumber.” That was Nicki Minaj’s message to fans who seem to believe the claims of an alleged former assistant who has filed multiple claims against the rapper, including that she owes $173 million in taxes.

On Monday, the Shade Room posted screenshots of someone with the Instagram handle @katemiller_7, whose bio said she’s an executive at Republic Records, Minaj’s label. The photo associated with the account has been identified as a photo of author Megan Feldman Bettencourt, who appears to have no involvement in the case.

On her now-deleted Instagram account, katemiller_7 posted numerous allegations, including allegations of abuse against Minaj’s husband, Kenneth Petty, the name of Minaj’s son (which the artist has kept private), and allegations of fraud against Minaj, saying, “I have your tax refund. from 2021. When are we going to tell the Barbz that you owe 173 million IRS since 2016? Renting houses is always the best choice for the Minaj residence.”

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Katemiller_7 continued of the rapper, whose real name is Onika Maraj-Petty, “I’m the ex-assistant of Onika she fired, who has absolutely no evidence of fraud with her bank account” and “I’m making public all the files I have of working for her along with the voice messages she sent about many different people.” The user claimed to have signed an NDA, but said the information she provided was not covered.

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Nicki Minaj is coming out against accusations of someone claiming to be her former assistant that she has committed tax fraud and that her husband is abusive. Above, Minaj at New York Fashion Week in 2020.
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Nicki’s Instagram Live response started with tears in her eyes, pretending she felt exposed from her so-called assistant spilling her tea. But she quickly changed her tone to a dismissive attitude to the accusations, which also included claims that she paid for her song “Freaky Girl” to get on the charts and that people on Nicki’s team feel uncomfortable around her husband.

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Minaj’s husband since 2019, Kenneth Petty, was convicted of attempted rape in 1995 and pleaded guilty in September 2021 for failing to register as a sex offender in California.

Minaj went so far as to suggest that there is a coordinated plot against her.

“This is another fan base,” she said. “They’re continuing their plot to take me down because they see that all the lies they’ve made so far have never worked…for a fact from real people who work for labels.

“Whatever you hear about me from now on, believe it. Believe that…. Twist it, twist it, suck on it, spit on it. Believe it. care.”

News week reached Minaj, the IRS, Republic Records and Bettencourt.