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Nicki Minaj Defends Husband's Criminal Past After Criticism From 'Demonic' Wendy Williams

Nicki Minaj apparently didn't appreciate Wendy Williams bringing up her new husband's past brushes with the law.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt
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Nicki Minaj took aim at Wendy Williams during a recent episode of her Queen Radio show, calling Williams “demonic” for bringing up her husband’s past brushes with the law.

During an episode of “The Wendy Williams Show” that aired late last month, Williams, 55, addressed Minaj’s marriage to Kenneth “Zoo” Petty. Minaj, 36, recently announced via social media that she and Petty, who she’d been dating for close to a year, had officially tied the knot, according to Billboard. However, Minaj’s relationship with Petty, 41, has resulted in some controversy due to Petty’s history; he spent seven years behind bars due to a manslaughter conviction in 2006, and is also a registered sex offender, having been convicted of attempted rape in 1995, the outlet reports.

When discussing Minaj’s new nuptials during the “Hot Topics” segment of her Oct. 22 show, Williams wasted no time bringing up Petty’s record.

“Now, he served seven years in prison and he’s also a sex offender,” she said. “So that means that he — is a manslaughter a killer? Okay, so he’s a killer and a sex offender. Well Nicki, congratulations.”

Minaj apparently didn’t take too kindly to Williams’ comments regarding her husband, because during Friday’s episode of Queen Radio, she let loose on Williams, calling her “demonic” and bringing up the talk show host's own romantic history, E! News reports.

“It’s not about doing your job. There are people who report the news and there are people who do it with an evil intent in their heart, viciousness,” Minaj said. “And I pray for you because I know you're hurting and I know you must be sick and humiliated.”

“I didn’t know that in our society, you have to be plagued by your past,” she continued. “I didn’t know that people can’t turn over a new leaf. I didn’t know that your viciousness and evilness was this deep-rooted.”

Minaj went on to suggest that Williams’ critical nature stems from her own relationship problems. The talk show host filed for divorce from her husband Kevin Hunter in April, according to E! News. Hunter and Williams were married for nearly 20 years and share one son, 19-year-old Kevin Hunter Jr.; however, the couple’s breakup produced no shortage of drama, with news that Hunter cheated on Williams and fathered another child, a daughter, reportedly prompting Williams to walk away.

Minaj brought up Hunter’s indiscretions during Friday’s rant against Williams, commenting, “When a women isn't really being loved at home, the viciousness is a different type.”

“So I really wanted to pray for you today, because look at where you are now in your life,” she continued. “Look at what age you are. You’re sat up there being vicious all this time, and paid for that man's mistress all these years. You paid for her shopping sprees, you paid for her hotels, you probably even paid for her GYN bills, you paid to have that baby delivered, hoe.”

“How you doin’, stupid?” she said, mocking Williams’ famous “How you doin’?” catchphrase.

She then seemed to empathize with Williams, but went on to describe her as “demonic,” according to E! News.

“I know we’re human first, we're human before we’re celebrities, we’re human before we’re personas,” she said. “And I know you must have gone through a lot. But you are demonic, and that’s why this stuff unfolded. If I were you, I would go and pray, ask for forgiveness. You can report the news — people do it all the time — without the level of viciousness and trying to play dumb and doing all this nonsense.”

This isn’t Minaj’s first time defending her husband against those who may not approve of their relationship.

In response to comments regarding Petty’s status as a sex offender, she wrote in one Instagram comment last year, “He was 15, she was 16… in a relationship. But go awf Internet. y’all can’t run my life. Y’all can’t even run y’all own life.