Nicki Minaj’s husband Kenneth Petty pleaded guilty to failing to register as a sex offender in California, according to federal court files. Petty was arrested on charges in March 2020 and initially pleaded not guilty. Records also show that Petty agreed to a plea deal in August 2021 and officially made the admission of guilt yesterday (September 9). He is to be sentenced on Monday, January 24th, 2022.
When contacted by Pitchfork, Michael Goldstein, an attorney for Kenneth Petty, made no comment. Pitchfork also reached out to representatives from Nicki Minaj.
According to federal charges, Kenneth Petty moved to California in July 2019 but did not report as a sex offender within five business days of the move. According to New York State Register of Sexual Offenders guidelines, an offender must notify the Criminal Justice Department of any change of address within 10 days.
Petty was convicted of attempted first degree rape in New York in 1995; he was 16 years old at the time of the crime and was imprisoned for the crime. Petty and Nicki Minaj were recently sued by the woman who said Petty tried to attack them in 1995.
According to TMZ, Petty is suing New York State and its Criminal Justice Services division in an attempt to remove his name from the sex offender registry.