Court documents show Kenneth Petty has not registered as a sex offender since moving to California with Nicki Minaj in 2019
Nicki Minaj’s husband Kenneth Petty could be jailed for a year for not registering as a sex offender in California as prosecutors try to convict him. Court documents show that Petty has not registered as a sex offender since moving to the Golden State with Minaj in 2019. Petty was convicted of allegedly attempting to rape a 16-year-old girl he assaulted in New York City in 1994. According to the law, he must register every time he moves.
“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. “‘The time of [the] The defendant’s failure to register is worrying because it happened at the time [the] The defendant began dating his wife, quit his job, moved to Los Angeles, and adopted an affluent lifestyle.”
Petty is scheduled to appear at a sentencing hearing on July 6, Insider reported. Prosecutors have also argued that he must pay a $55,000 fine. Petty, now 44, has been accused of attempting to rape Jennifer Hough. Minaj has repeatedly insisted that Petty was wrongly convicted. She also said Hough, now 43, had planned to retract her testimony in a letter to a judge.
However, Hough sued both Petty and Minaj in New York for intentionally inflicting emotional distress and sexual assault. She accused the couple of trying to pay her $500,000 in exchange for demanding that they retract the allegations. They also allegedly tried to force her to help them deregister Petty.
In 1994, Petty allegedly approached Hough while she was on her way to school. Court records obtained by The Blast say he came up behind her, pushed an object into her back, and ordered her to “keep walking.” He then allegedly led her to his home, forced her upstairs, and began raping her with a knife point. Hough eventually escaped after hitting Petty with a bottle.
Petty was convicted in 1995 on four counts, including attempted first-degree rape, second-degree assault, second-degree unlawful imprisonment, and criminal firearms possession. He was sentenced to four years in prison. In 2006 he was put behind bars again after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the shooting of Lamont Robinson. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison but was released in 2013 after serving seven years.
The case has now moved to California, where Minaj and Petty live. In January, Minaj was dropped as a defendant, but prosecutors are taking action against her husband. Petty and Minaj tied the knot in 2019. They 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.”