By Timothy Garcia — July 7, 2022
Petty, 44, has also received three years of probation which includes a fine of $55,000, according to NBC. The music CEO pleaded guilty in September 2021 to one count for failing to register as a sex offender.
In that same month, Media Music News confirmed that Petty could face up to 10 years in prison after his failure to register when he relocated to California in 2019. The New York native’s charge comes from a 1995 conviction for attempted rape. Nicki Minaj’s husband served four and a half years in prison after an incident happened in 1994 with a 16-year-old girl. After his release, Kenneth Petty must register as a sex offender whenever he lives.
Petty’s legal problems continued when he pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in 2006 for shooting a man in 2002. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison but served only seven.
After his release in May 2013, Petty reconnected with his now wife Nicki Minaj, 39, after the couple previously dated. The hip hop star revealed his relationship with Petty publicly in 2018 and they married less than one year later.
Prior to the couple getting married, the rapper defended Petty after her fans questioned his previous run-ins with the law. “He was 15, she was 16 … in a relationship,” Minaj replied to a fan via Instagram in December 2018. “But go awf, Internet. Y’all can’t run my life. Y’all can’t even run y’all own life. Thank you boo.”
Nicki Minaj later gave praised to the influence that her husband has on her state of mind. “Whenever I’m down, I can have one conversation with my husband and it will get me back where I need to be mentally,” she mentioned on Queen Radio in February 2020. “He’s been a really great force in my life. I’ve known him since I was 17, and I feel a level of comfort with him that I hadn’t felt before to just be myself and to share who I am.”
Just four months after that episode, Minaj announced that she was pregnant with the couple’s first child. They’ve became parents to their son since September 2020. “I think motherhood has made me see more good in people, more good in the universe. It makes you more of a forgiving person,” the songwriter said on The Late Late Show With James Corden in February. “When I look at my son, I’m reminded that I am so blessed.”
She continued: “I realized, for so many women, this is their dream. Their dream is to have a child and not everybody gets that blessing. So when you have a little baby, you are reminded every day like, ‘Oh my God. Thank you God for this little gift.’”
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