Nicki Minaj’s husband convicted in sex offender registry case
Nicki Minaj may have planned to spend the week celebrating her big ESSENCEFestival performance, but rather, she deals with the fallout of her husband’s legal troubles.
According PeopleKenneth Petty was sentenced to three years probation, one year house arrest and ordered to pay a $55,000 fine after To plead guilty of not registering as a sex offender when the couple moved from New York to California. The case began in November 2019, when Petty was arrested by the Beverly Hills Police Department and they discovered he was a registered sex offender in New York, but not in California. This led to his arrest in March 2020.
Petty must register as a Tier 2 offender because of his 1995 conviction for the attempted rape of a 16-year-old. In this case, he was sentenced to 18 to 54 months and eventually spent four years in prison.
As Previously reported by The root, his victim, Jennifer Hough, is suing Petty for “unspecified damages for intentionally inflicting emotional distress.” She claims the couple tried to harass and intimidate her into dropping the rape charges against Petty. While Minaj was previously named in the suit, she was removed from it in January.
“The case against Nicki was voluntarily dismissed. The case against Kenneth Petty is still ongoing. Stay tuned,” Hough’s attorney, Tyrone Blackburn, told People at the time.
When the lawsuit was filed, Hough did an interview with The truth, explaining why she decided to come forward and tell her story publicly.
“I’m tired of being scared, I feel like the steps that have been taken regarding this whole situation have put me in a different kind of fear at my age now,” Hough told co-host Garcelle. Beauvais. “And it was wrong and I don’t want to be scared anymore. So the only way not to be afraid is to keep talking.