Nicki Minaj’s husband Kenneth Petty was sentenced in Los Angeles on Wednesday to three years of probation and a year under house arrest for a charge related to failing to register as a sex offender in September 2021.
Petty, 44, had pleaded guilty to the charge and was fined $55,000 for not registering. In March 2020, Petty turned himself over to federal authorities after failing to register as a sex offender in California. He reportedly move to Los Angeles in July 2019.
In 1994, he was convicted of attempting to rape a 16-year-old girl. Petty served just under four years in prison and was released in January 1999.
Minaj has defended him in the past, stating that charge came from when Petty was only one year older than the girl.
In 2018, Minaj said that, “He was 15, she was 16 … in a relationship. But go awf, Internet. Y’all can’t run my life. Y’all can’t even run y’all own life. Thank you boo.”
In August 2021, Petty’s accuser Hough sued Minaj and Petty in the Eastern District of New York on claims of witness intimidation, emotional distress, harassment, assault and battery.