Nicki Minaj’s husband Kenneth Petty took a plea deal, could face jail time

Nicki Minaj with Husband Kenneth Petty spotted at the Marc Jacobs Fashion Show

As we’ve discussed since the very beginning of Nicki Minaj’s relationship with Kenneth Petty, Petty is a convicted rapist. Even from the first months of Minaj’s relationship with him, there was a lot of reporting around the fact that Petty has done serious time for violent crimes, including rape, and that he had failed to register as a sex offender. Nicki has *always* talked a lot of bullsh-t about Petty’s long criminal history, and in August, we learned so much more about what she was doing behind-the-scenes. For years, Minaj and Petty have been targeting Petty’s victim – they’ve harassed, doxxed and sent their associates to intimidate her and her family. They’ve also lied about her in the media and on social media. Petty’s victim, Jennifer Hough, has sued them and she gave an interview about what it’s been like to be targeted by this deranged couple. Well, now at least Kenneth Petty is dealing with the fact that he never registered as a sex offender.

Nicki Minaj’s husband Kenneth “Zoo” Petty has entered a plea deal for failing to register as a sex offender in the state of California, PEOPLE can confirm. Court records obtained by PEOPLE show that the 43-year-old pleaded guilty on Thursday during a virtual hearing with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, which oversees both central and southern parts of the state.

He now faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release. Petty’s sentencing has been scheduled for Jan. 24, 2022.

An attorney for Petty and a representative for Minaj did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s requests for comment. Petty was arrested in March 2020 after being indicted for failure to register as a sex offender. At the time, Petty pleaded not guilty and posted $100,000 bail, according to records accessed by PEOPLE.

He initially faced legal trouble after being pulled over by the Beverly Hills Police Department on Nov. 15, 2019, when the department determined he was registered as a sex offender in New York — but not in California, where he now resides, TMZ reported.

[From People]

I really hope the plea deal involves serious jail time, but I suspect it will not. I suspect that Nicki Minaj’s high-priced lawyers worked out some kind of deal which does not involve any additional jail time. Perhaps something with community service and/or a big fine. This was one of the “reasons” why Minaj and Petty were targeting Hough with harassment and death threats too: in Minaj’s mind, all she had to do was pay off Hough to get Hough to “recant” the rape accusation and then Petty would (magically) not have to register as a sex offender. I’m not sure Minaj actually understood that it does not work that way, that Petty took a plea deal on the rape as well, which is the same as a guilty verdict. And besides, Hough wasn’t recanting. Anyway, I hope Hough wins a lot of money and I hope Minaj fixes whatever is broken inside of her.

PS… This plea deal went down late last week, and there were some theories floating around that perhaps this was the real reason – and not her cousin’s friend’s Vaccine Induced Swoleball Syndrome - why Minaj didn’t attend the Met Gala. It could be, especially since she’s now talking about getting vaccinated like it’s no big deal.

Nicki Minaj and husband Kenneth Petty walk hand in hand out of the Marc Jacobs show in NYC

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, Backgrid.

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23 Responses to “Nicki Minaj’s husband Kenneth Petty took a plea deal, could face jail time”

  1. dogmom says:

    Can I just say that I am now going to try to use “swoleballs” as much as possible? 😂😂😂 I was dying laughing reading that post! Anyway Minaj has always been trash and I don’t know why her fans keep giving her a pass. And I have zero idea why she’s going to the mattresses for this particular guy either.

    • Shim says:

      Look at all the women still supporting R. Kelly, and he was targeting kids ffs. It’s amazing to me how women can allow their hormones to override good sense.

  2. milliemollie says:

    God, I hope he somehow gets sentenced to prison. And honestly, she deserves to go to prison too.

    • Char says:

      I’m baffled people are giving her a pass on this really horrible situation. Everybody was mad she talked shit about vaccionation, but not about targeting and harrassing a rape victim?

      • milliemollie says:

        This shocked me too. And it also seems to me that most outlets are ignoring it which I can’t understand.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ milliemollie, as do I, and it would bring us a little miracle that became true as we cheer for happiness and joy!!!

      May Hough sue the shirts and shoes off of Minaj as she apparently doesn’t wear pants!! May Minaj never be able to intimidate and threaten another victim again!!! May it be mandated in court!!

  3. BlueSky says:

    Thanks for posting this. I feel not enough outlets are reporting on this and the fact that Nicki is a garbage person who is harassing her husband’s victim. She is so stupid and I’m happy to say I was never a fan. She’s overrated and always acted like a mean girl. I hope all this bankrupts her. She really needs help. She has always defended and worked with predators (Tekashi69) so I have no sympathy for her.

    • ElleE says:

      There is a AA professor on Twitter that had a huge following and tweeted a months ago about how this was a known “thing in the community” and implied it was worse than was publicly known. He said it was about time that these two were getting exposed.

      His tweet got low engagement, compared to his other tweets so maybe ppl don’t want to hear about this story? I thought it was strange. Maybe it just doesn’t fit a narrative that any one wants to push (whatever that is?) so it doesn’t get coverage?

      They paid someone to follow and to approach the victim’s college-age daughter to send a message to her mother. 🤪 Shouldn’t she be focused on her career?

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ ElleE, not only should this POS rapist face prison time, but also Minaj given her actions of harassment, threats, pressure and fear of life for Hough and her family. What Minaj did and has done should come with criminal consequences as she has committed crimes against a victim, and victims.

    • rainbowkitty says:

      Yep. It’s disturbing just how OK she is with abusers.

  4. Jules says:

    I’ll take, “Ugh, Girl Stop” for $1000 Alex

  5. OriginalLala says:

    Stalking, harassing, doxxing, and intimidating a survivor of sexual assault seems criminal – how is it legal, and how is she getting away with it?

    • Otaku fairy says:

      Stan culture + rape culture and misogyny are a very disturbing combination to watch play out. What this couple and the Garbz have done is disgusting on so many levels. It’s impossible not to worry about the safety of Jennifer Hough and her family. Hopefully he does get some serious jail time, and Nicki deserves long-term consequences that may involve jail time too for her part in smearing, stalking, and harassing the victim.

  6. Robyn says:

    He also killed someone. I worry enormously for their child.

  7. Mel says:

    Maybe Nicki should be researching prison conditions?

  8. Maddie says:

    Rape is a heinous crime and her husband is absolute garbage, but I’m always puzzled when I read articles about him and the fact that he killed a man and spent a decade in prison for doing so, is never mentioned.

  9. Rose says:

    Trash. Why hasn’t cancel culture come for her? She booked Rihanna’s lingerie show and posted photos of them together with their partners. So now I’m ignoring Rihanna too

  10. Coco says:

    Of course this is the reason she didn’t go to the Met Gala. She didn’t want anyone to bring it up.

  11. jferber says:

    Who did he kill? Does anyone know the circumstances? I bet Nicki the humanist genius didn’t even get a pre-nup. I’m right, aren’t I?

  12. Amando says:

    Out of all the men she could have linked up with…she chose this loser…and then had a child with him. Ugh.

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