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Nicki Minaj’s husband Kenneth Petty has registered as a sex offender in the state of California, online records show.
Petty, 41, is listed in the California Department of Justice’s online registry as having been convicted of attempted rape by force or fear. His registration comes after he was arrested for failing to do so after moving from New York, where he had been registered, to Los Angeles, E! News reports. A grand jury has since indicted Petty for his alleged failure to register, a charge to which he has pleaded not guilty, according to the outlet.
Petty turned himself in to the authorities on Wednesday, TMZ reports. He was pulled over by police in November and arrested and charged with failing to register in his new state, making this week’s arrest the second time he’s faced legal repercussions in California for allegedly failing to adhere to sex offender regulations; he moved to the West Coast in July 2019.
He was released from custody after posting $100,000 bond and is scheduled to next appear in court on April 28, where he will stand trial and face a maximum sentence of 10 years behind bars if convicted, E! News reports.
Petty was convicted as a teen in 1995 of first-degree attempted rape and spent four years in prison, E! News previously reported. He served another 10 months in 2006 in relation to a first-degree manslaughter charge, which he pleaded guilty to.
Minaj and Petty, who reportedly were childhood friends, tied the knot in October 2019, according to social media posts.
The “Yikes” rapper has been vocal in support of her husband, who faced criticism online after his criminal record became public knowledge. In response to his status as a sex offender, Minaj previously wrote on social media, “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.”
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