NICKI Minaj’s husband Kenneth Petty has been sentenced to a year’s home confinement for failing to register as a sex offender. Petty, 44 who was jailed in 1995 for trying to rape a teenager was also sentenced to three years’ probation and fined $55,000, California prosecutors said.
He could have been jailed for up to ten years for the offence, but will serve his detention at home instead.Petty Minaj’s childhood sweetheart and father of her baby should have re-registered after moving from New York to LA in 2019.
But cops stopped his car months later and found he had not registered in the state. He was arrested in March 2020 and initially denied wrongdoing, and released on a $100,000 bond.
In August 2020 Petty sued to get his name off New York’s Sex Offender Registry, claiming someone else had signed papers while he was in prison. And while on bail he had to apply for special permission to be at the birth of his child as it would have broken his curfew.
But in September he changed his plea to guilty at a court hearing in California. Petty is required to register as a sex offender following his conviction for attempting to rape a 16-year-old girl at knifepoint in 1994.
His victim Jennifer Hough last year sued Petty and Minaj accusing them of harassing her and threatening her to keep quiet. She also gave an emotional TV interview detailing the brutal attack, and said she was “tired of being afraid”.
Petty served four years behind bars, and was jailed again in 2006 on first-degree manslaughter charges after a shooting. Minaj who first fell for him as a 16-year-old in Queens rekindled her romance with him after his second release from jail.
He went on to appear in the music videos for her hits Megatron and Hot Girl Summer. Fans slammed the star for being with a convicted sex offender. But she hit back: “Go awf, internet. y’all can’t run my life. Y’all can’t even run y’all own life. Thank you boo.”
After they married in secret in 2019, Nicki shared the news in an Instagram video of “Mr and Mrs” mugs and baseball caps labelled Bride and Groom.