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Nicki Minaj Pays $450,000 To Settle Tracy Chapman Lawsuit

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By Ryan Naumann

Nicki Minaj has agreed to pay Tracy Chapman $450,000 to settle their nasty court battle over an unauthorized sample.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Nicki hashed out the deal with the songwriter where in exchange for the payment, Tracy will dismiss all claims against the "Pink Friday" musician.

Per the deal, "Judgment shall be entered in favor of plaintiff Tracy Chapman and against 4 Defendant in the amount of $450,000, inclusive of all costs and attorney fees 5 incurred to date."

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Back in 2019, Tracy sued Nicki accusing her of copyright infringement. She said the rapper used a sample of her song “Baby Can I Hold You” on a track with Nas titled “Sorry.”

In the suit, Tracy said Nicki never obtained permission to use the song or paid a dime to license it.

Nicki fired back denying all allegations of wrongdoing. She wanted the case to be tossed out of court. Nicki did admit she tried to get Tracy to clear the song but was denied.

Nicki's Husband Kenneth Petty

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As The Blast previously reported, Nicki is also facing heat over her husband Kenneth Petty's rape accuser speaking out in a new video. Last month, the woman posted a video on Instagram in which she accused Nicki and her husband of harassing her.

In the clip, the woman said, "For Nicki Minaj and Kenneth Petty, tell your people to leave my family alone. Okay. Don't call my fu-king family, don't call my brothers, don't call anybody. Leave me and my family the fu-k alone."

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Back in 1995, Kenneth was convicted of first-degree attempted rape when he was 16. The alleged victim was also reportedly 16-years-old. In official documents, prosecutors accused Kenneth of using a sharp object to force the girl to have sex with him. Kenneth was sentenced to 4 years in prison. Nicki and Kenneth have yet to respond to the video.

Last year, Kenneth was arrested for failing to register as a sex offender when he moved from New York to California. The move was to be closer to his then-girlfriend Nicki. The criminal case is still pending.

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