Nicki Minaj's Dad Responds to Abuse Claims

Omar Maraj says his superstar daughter “grossly exaggerated” his past issues.

Posted: 04/16/2012 12:07 PM EDT
Nicki Minaj, music news, child abuse claims

Nicki Minaj's dad has gotten wind of the rapper's recent claims that she grew up in an abusive home and he insists that her description is unfair. TMZ cites anonymous sources close to Omar Maraj, Nicki's father, who say he was surprised and saddened to hear his daughter's comments.

In an interview with Nightline last week, Nicki said that when she was young, her father was an alcoholic who was violent toward her mother. She said things got so bad that she wished her dad was dead.

"We were afraid for [my mother's] life because whenever he would have a real bad outburst, he would threaten to kill her," she said. "I felt a lot of anger. I wanted to kill him. I wished he was dead."

But now sources tell TMZ that Nicki's claims are "grossly exaggerated," and her father wants people to know that he's not some kind of monster.

Maraj claims that although he had anger issues, things never got to the point that the music star described.


Minaj hasn't responded to the comments.


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