Nicki Minaj’s Husband Kenneth Petty Sentenced to Home Confinement and Probation

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After failing to register as a sex offender in California, Nicki Minaj’s husband Kenneth Petty is due to serve home confinement and probation.

Kenneth Petty, husband to rap icon Nicki Minaj, was sentenced on Wednesday (June 6) after failing to register as a sex offender upon moving to California in 2019. The 44-year-old received one year of home confinement along with three years probation and a fine of $55,000, per NBC News.

The sentencing comes just six months after Queens-raised woman Jennifer Hough voluntarily dropped a harassment lawsuit against Petty. In 1994, Hough accused Petty of rape when he was 16-years-old, to which he served four and a half years in a New York state prison. Since his release, Petty is supposed to register as a sex offender whenever he moves.

In 2006, the music executive plead guilty to first-degree manslaughter and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, ultimately serving seven. After moving to California in July 2019, it was during a traffic stop that Beverly Hills authorities learned Petty was not registered as a sex offender. Being indicted in March 2020, in September 2021, Petty plead guilty to one count of failure to register as a sex offender.

Petty was last seen publicly with Nicki Minaj during the rapper’s headlining performance at Essence Music Festival last Saturday (July 2) while holding their 2-year-old son. Married to Petty since 2018 after the two reconnected in 2013, Minaj has been vocal about her husband’s legalities on social media. Minaj became a first-time mother after having her son in September 2020, but has not revealed his name publicly, affectionately calling him “Papa Bear” on social media and interviews.

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