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ABC: Mariah Carey hired bodyguards after Minaj threat

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

Interesting interview Barbara Walters has conducted with newest “Idol” judge, Mariah Carey -- airing on “Nightline” tonight -- in which she says she hired additional bodyguards following that inflammatory showdown with Nicki  Minaj. (There was some press about this a few months ago, but she confirms here for the record...) See clip below...

 And from the transcript:

“It felt like an unsafe work environment,” Carey said. “Anytime anybody's reeling threats at somebody, you know, it's not appropriate. I'm a professional. I'm not used to that type of environment.”

As a result, Carey said she hired more security. “I just felt it was the appropriate thing to do,” she said. “Sitting there on the road with two babies, I'm not going to take any chances.”

Minaj has denied saying anything about a gun [that she had threatened Carey], calling the statement a “fabrication.”

When ABC News asked her for comment for this story, her representative said “she's said what she's saying on this topic."

“For all the drama, I hope it helps the show,” Carey said. “I think it's a classic, classy show and it didn't need this.”  

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