Nicki Minaj Faces Legal Trouble in Amsterdam: Accused of Carrying Drugs

Nicki Minaj arrested in Amsterdam for alleged drug possession, claims sabotage of her world tour.

Nicki Minaj attends the World Premiere of "Barbie". (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, RODIN ECKENROTH/WIREIMAGE)
Nicki Minaj attends the World Premiere of “Barbie”. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, RODIN ECKENROTH/WIREIMAGE)

Nicki Minaj, the globally renowned rapper known for her bold persona and chart-topping hits, found herself in unexpected legal trouble while on her way to Manchester, England, for a show as part of her Pink Friday 2 World Tour.

The incident, which took place on Saturday, May 25, saw Minaj being arrested by police officers in the Netherlands under allegations of carrying drugs. This development has sparked a flurry of reactions and speculations among fans and media alike.

The arrest occurred at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, where Minaj was stopped by police officers. In a video shared via Instagram Live and later reposted by a fan account on X (formerly Twitter), officers can be heard informing Minaj that she is “under arrest” for “carrying drugs.”

The rapper, visibly surprised and distressed, repeatedly denies the accusations and requests a lawyer before reluctantly complying and entering a police van to be transported to the station.

A spokesperson for the Dutch police confirmed the arrest to NBC News, stating that a 41-year-old American woman was detained at Schiphol Airport for possession of soft drugs.

Despite the public nature of the arrest and the widespread interest it generated, representatives for Minaj and the Amsterdam police have yet to respond to requests for further comments from media outlets like PEOPLE.

Following her arrest, Minaj took to social media to provide her account of the incident. In a series of posts on X, she suggested that the arrest was part of a broader conspiracy to undermine her tour.

“They’re being paid big money to try to sabotage my tour b/c soooooo many ppl are mad that it’s this successful & they can’t eat off me,” she wrote. Minaj alleged that individuals involved in her travel arrangements were caught embezzling funds, leading to their dismissal and subsequent efforts to disrupt her tour.

Minaj’s social media posts also highlighted her suspicion that the authorities were attempting to delay her travel, thus causing her to miss her scheduled performance in Manchester. She claimed that her bags were taken without her consent, further suggesting an intentional effort to sabotage her.

Nicki Minaj at the 2024 Met Gala: "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, GILBERT FLORES/VARIETY VIA GETTY)
Nicki Minaj at the 2024 Met Gala: “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion” held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, GILBERT FLORES/VARIETY VIA GETTY)

In a follow-up video posted on Instagram, Minaj is seen speaking to a man in a suit who informs her that the police want to search her luggage again because she filmed the officer.

The man indicated that the police did not believe Minaj had disclosed all the contents of her luggage. This interaction, coupled with Minaj’s earlier denials and demand for legal representation, paints a picture of confusion and frustration.

Public reaction to the incident has been mixed. Fans of Minaj, often referred to as “Barbz,” have rallied in support of the rapper, echoing her claims of sabotage and injustice. Conversely, some critics have questioned the circumstances leading to her arrest and whether there might be more to the story.

Minaj’s security team reportedly informed officials that she had some pre-rolled marijuana in her possession.

While the possession of small amounts of marijuana is decriminalized in the Netherlands, there are still strict regulations governing its transport, especially through international airports.

Nicki Minaj performs onstage during the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, MIKE COPPOLA/GETTY)
Nicki Minaj performs onstage during the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, MIKE COPPOLA/GETTY)

It remains unclear whether Minaj was officially charged with a crime or if the situation will be resolved without significant legal repercussions.

This incident adds to the challenges faced by Minaj during her Pink Friday 2 World Tour. Already under intense scrutiny and pressure, the arrest could potentially impact her future performances and travel plans.

Despite the setback, Minaj’s determination and resilient public persona suggest she will continue her tour as planned, although under a cloud of heightened media attention and public scrutiny.

Nicki Minaj’s arrest in Amsterdam marks a significant and unexpected development in her ongoing world tour. The allegations of drug possession and her subsequent claims of sabotage have generated widespread media coverage and fan interest.

As the situation unfolds, it will be crucial to monitor official statements from Minaj’s representatives and the Dutch authorities to understand the full scope and resolution of this incident. In the meantime, Minaj’s fans remain steadfast in their support, eager to see their idol overcome yet another obstacle in her illustrious career.

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