Send Nicki Minaj’s husband to jail for not registering as an offender

Send Nicki Minaj’s husband to jail for not registering as an offender

  • Federal prosecutors are demanding a year and a half in prison from Nicki Minaj’s husband
  • Petty served four years in prison in 1995 and pleaded guilty to the attempted rape of a 16-year-old
  • In a recently filed filing, they said he knowingly failed to register as a sex offender when he moved to California.

Federal prosecutors plan to sentence Nicki Minaj’s husband, Kenneth Petty, to over a year in prison for failing to register as a sex offender, according to court documents.

“Having previously been convicted of attempted rape, the defendant knowingly failed to register as a sex offender when he moved to California,” prosecutors said in a recently filed filing. Petty, now 44, served four years in prison in 1995 after pleading guilty to the attempted rape of then 16-year-old Jennifer Hough.

In August, Hough also sued Minaj and Petty in New York for intentionally inflicting emotional distress and sexual assault. He claimed the couple tried to pay her $500,000 to retract the allegations and intimidated her on separate occasions – claiming the couple tried to force her to help them deregister Petty.

That case has now been moved to California, where the couple resides. Minaj was also dropped as a defendant in January. Still, prosecutors are taking action against Petty, saying when he moved to California in 2019 while dating Minaj, he failed to register as a sex offender.

Petty’s attorneys did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Hough and Minaj’s attorneys also didn’t immediately contact Insider.

“The timing of the defendant’s registration is concerning because the defendant began dating his wife, quit his job, moved to Los Angeles, and adopted an affluent lifestyle,” prosecutors wrote in the filing.

Prosecutors added that he complied with registration procedures before his relationship and move. Petty and Minaj married in 2019 and had a child the following year.

“The defendant has been completing sex offender registration documents for nearly 20 years,” prosecutors wrote in the filing. “Over the course of two decades, he has been warned repeatedly that if he moves to another state, it is his responsibility to follow all local, city, state, federal, or international laws on registration.”

Prosecutors said Petty should serve 15 months behind bars and pay a $55,000 fine. Petty is scheduled to appear at a sentencing hearing on July 6.

If you have been a victim of sexual assault, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline (1-800-656-4673) or visit their website for confidential assistance.

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