Nicki Minaj is suing a social media persona called “Nosey Heaux” for defamation over a viral video on Twitter in which the account allegedly called the rapper a “cokehead.”
In a complaint filed Wednesday in New York federal court, Minaj’s attorneys claimed that a woman named Marley Green was behind the @noseyheauxlive account – and that she had “outrageously defamed” the rapper with a video this week claiming she was “shoving all this cocaine up her nose.”
Attorneys for Minaj (real name Onika Tanya Maraj) said Green was just a “nobody” who was spreading “lies” about the star, but that social media had allowed her claims to “metastasize” as they were retweeted and liked by thousands of other users.
“In a different age, Green’s lie would have been meaningless,” Minaj’s lawyers wrote. “While social media is an extraordinarily effective vehicle for spreading lies,” they added,” it does not confer a license to do so.”
According to the lawsuit, the Nosey Heaux account on Twitter posted the video on Monday (Sept. 12). In it, Green allegedly stated that Minaj was “shoving all this cocaine, shoving in all this cocaine up her nose. Allegedly. Thank you. Allegedly. But we all know it’s true. Fuck—listen, I can’t even say allegedly with that ‘cause I—we know it’s true. I’m not saying allegedly on that. Nicki Minaj is a coke head.”
In a tweet Wednesday morning after news of the lawsuit broke, the @noseyheauxlive account tweeted that Minaj had “lied.” In another tweet days earlier, the account said: “I stand by wtf I said @NICKIMINAJ WAS ON INSTAGRAM WITH COCAINE RUNNING OUT OF HER NOSE.” The account did not return direct messages seeking comment on the new lawsuit.
In a statement to Billboard, Minaj’s attorney Judd Burstein said: “Marley Green is a disgrace — someone so lacking in fundamental decency that she has posted vile comments about Nicki’s one year-old son. When this case is over, she will no longer be permitted to use the name ‘Nosey Heaux’ because we will take her trademark from her when she does not have enough money to pay the judgment.”
Minaj’s new lawsuit echoes a similar case filed by Cardi B against a YouTuber who made claims about drug use and other illicit behavior. Following a trial earlier this year, Cardi won a $4 million verdict after jurors said the woman had defamed the rapper.
In his statement, Burstein warned that more such cases could be coming: “Anyone else who spreads lies about Nicki will suffer a similar fate. My marching orders are to aggressively sue anyone with a media or social media following who damages her with intentional lies. Eventually, the lesson will be learned.”
Read Nicki’s entire lawsuit here: