Nicki Minaj’s husband, Kenneth Petty, has pled guilty to charges for failing to register as a sex offender after moving to California.
Petty has registered as a sex offender in the California Megan’s Law database. The LA District Attorney dropped their charges, but the Department of Justice charge still stood. After pleading guilty to federal charges, he will appear in court on January 24, 2022, for sentencing. The charge of one count of failing to register as a sex offender carries a minimum sentence of five years of supervised release.
Kenneth Petty was convicted of attempted rape in 1994 in New York. Police discovered that Petty had not notified authorities in New York when he moved and had not registered in California, where he now lived. The woman who accused Petty of attempted rape in 1994 has filed a lawsuit against the couple.
Jennifer Hough alleges the couple has engaged in witness intimidation, harassment, intentional infliction of emotional distress and more. She says Minaj has been pressuring her to recant her story and offered to sent her daughter a personalized birthday message if she followed through. When that wasn’t enough, Hough alleges the rapper offered her a one-time payment of $20,000 to recant her story.
Minaj also drew scrutiny earlier this week due to her tweets. “They want you to get vaccinated for the Met. If I get vaccinated it won’t be for the Met,” the rapper tweeted. “It’ll be once I feel I’ve done enough research. I’m working on that now. In the meantime, my loves, be safe. Wear the mask with two strings that grips your head and face. Not that loose one,” Minaj wrote.
Minaj also shared claims that her cousin received the vaccine and became impotent. The claims have gone viral on social media and the CDC has addressed it with information on the COVID-19 vaccine page. The CDC says there is “currently no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems in women or men.”
Many of her fans have implored her to stop spreading misinformation via social media. Minaj also implied in a tweet that she tested positive for COVID-19 while preparing for the VMAs. “Do u know what it is not to be able to kiss or hold your tiny baby for over a week? A baby who is only used to his mama?” the rapper writes.