Nicki Minaj responds to Mariah Carey's accusations

Mariah Carey attends the 12th Annual BMI Urban

Mariah Carey attends the 12th Annual BMI Urban Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Sept. 7, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)

"American Idol" judge Nicki Minaj Thursday responded in a series of tweets to fellow judge Mariah Carey's assertion that the rapper had threatened to shoot her.

On yesterday's edition of "The View," co-host Barbara Walters said Carey told her that "multiple people heard" Minaj say, "If I had a gun, I would shoot the ----" during a much-publicized dust-up Tuesday at "American Idol" auditions in Charlotte, N.C.

Walters said Carey told her that in response to Minaj's threats she was going to beef up her personal security.

"Idol" producer Nigel Lythgoe had told TMZ.com, which first reported it Tuesday, that the alleged threat was "absolutely not true in any way, shape or form."

According to Walters, after a meeting on Wednesday attended by the two judges, Minaj said to Carey, " 'I love you, but we might fight again' [and] Mariah responded, 'No, we will not.' "

"Mariah said she doesn't feel comfortable emotionally," Walters added. "But she will continue with the show because she loves the show. And she loves mentoring the contestants."

Walters issued an invitation to Minaj, a past guest of "The View," asking her to return to the show to give her side of the story.

Shortly after noon Thursday, Minaj began a string of tweets. "Hey yAll," read one. "Lets just say nicki said smthn about a gun. ppl will believe it cuz she's a black rapper. Lmao. I'll then hit up Barbara n milk it. Ironically," she added, "no camera or mic heard the gun comment tho. Not even the producers believed u. Say no to violence barbz."

She also noted pointedly, "Barbara walters didn't reach out [to] our team . . . I guess we're too dangerous."

In a later tweet, Minaj wrote, "I don't call tmz n Barbara Walters cuz I stand on my own two feet. Never needed an army. God is good. Insecurity is as cruel as the grave."

She also tweeted, "I guess it hurts 2 have the producers tell u to ur face that nicki is the best judge we've had since simon. Awww, poor u. Keep them lies cmn."

On Tuesday, TMZ posted an expletive-laden video from the audition in which Minaj verbally assaulted Carey. With AP

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