Nicki Minaj’s husband pleads guilty to failing to register as a sex offender

Nicki Minaj and husband Kenneth Petty; Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Marc Jacob

Nicki Minaj‘s husband, Kenneth Petty, faces up to ten years in prison for failing to register as a sex offender in California.

Petty, who married the “Anaconda” rapper in 2019, pleaded guilty on Thursday, according to court records obtained by ABC News. Sentencing has been scheduled for January 24, 2022.  Petty faces a maximum ten-year prison sentence and a fine of $250,000 or more, though the law allows for a minimum sentence of five years of supervised release for the violation.

As her husband faces more legal drama, the five-time MTV Video Music Award winner announced Thursday she will not appears at the VMAs on Sunday in New York City.  “I just pulled out. I’ll explain why another day,” Minaj tweeted in response to a fan asking if she would be performing on Sunday. “Next year we there baby.”

Petty was arrested in March 2020 after being indicted for failure to register as a sex offender. He pleaded not guilty and posted $100,000 bail. The 43-year-old, who has homes in New York City and Los Angeles, was registered as sex offender in New York, but not in California. He is required to register as a sex offender in both states after being convicted for the first-degree attempted rape of a 16-year-old girl in 1995, for which he served a four-year prison sentence.

As previously reported, Petty’s alleged rape victim, Jennifer Hough, recently filed a lawsuit against him and Minaj in which she accused the pair of attempting to intimidate her into recanting her rape accusation. She asserts in the lawsuit that Petty “intimidated” and “harassed” her not to talk about the incident, and says that Nicki “threatened” her and wanted her to disavow her accusations against Petty, according to Billboard

Hough alleges that Nicki falsely claims that she wrote a letter recanting her statement accusing Petty of rape, and that on two different occasions, Minaj and Petty offered her $500,000, and $20,000 to recant her statement. 


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