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

Kenneth Petty, the husband of multiplatinum rap artist Nicki Minaj, pleaded guilty on Thursday to failing to register as a California sex offender, according to documents unsealed in a federal court in California.

He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years behind bars, supervised release for the rest of his life, and a fine of $250,000. The offense comes as the latest in a slew of charges across Petty’s life, including a manslaughter conviction following a street corner shooting in 2002.

Petty was initially indicted on the federal charge in February of 2020 after moving from California to New York. Petty had been registered as a sex offender in New York state after he pleaded guilty to attempted rape in the first degree in April of 1995. State charges in California were dropped in light of the federal indictment.

In the 1995 case, Petty, who was a teenager at the time, pressed a knife to the back of a teen girl standing at a bus stop in Queens’ Jamaica neighborhood. Documents say Petty led the girl to a nearby home, took her up the stairs, and violently raped her as he held the knife to her stomach.

After he was finished, Petty allegedly got up and admired himself in the mirror, beating on his chest as he told himself “I am the man.” The girl shoved Petty to the floor and sprinted out of the home, as Petty allegedly yelled “Nobody is going to believe you.” She later reported the harrowing event to security guards at a local high school.

Details of the case were unveiled in a lawsuit filed by Petty’s victim in August, where she accused Minaj and Petty of harassment and witness intimidation. Minaj and Petty are accused of engaging in a vicious harassment campaign against his victim that included an onslaught of phone calls, unsolicited visits, and threats.

Minaj has come to her husband’s defense in regards to the rape conviction. In a 2019 episode of her Apple Music show, Queen Radio, Minaj said Petty was wrongfully convicted and that his victim sent a letter to a judge recanting her allegation, only backing out after realizing she could go to jail for 90 days.

“But white is right,” Minaj said on the show.

While he initially pleaded not guilty, Petty and his attorneys reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors on August 6th. As a part of that deal, Petty has agreed to appear at future court appearances and pay a special assessment fee.

Petty will return to court for sentencing on January 1st, 2022, following the preparation of a presentencing report.

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