After being convicted for attempted rape, Nicki Minaj’s husband Kenneth Petty pleaded guilty to failing to register in California as a sex offender.
New court documents were filed in the US District Court, Central District of California. Billboard obtained them. Petty retracted his initial plea of not guilty to the single-count charge indictment. He changed his plea from guilty to guilty.
After he was stopped at a Beverly Hills traffic stop in 2019, Petty was taken into custody. Police discovered that he hadn’t registered in California as a sex offender when he moved from New York three year prior.
In the filing, Petty also acknowledges that he had to notify New York about any change of address if and whenever he moved to another country. It was his responsibility to comply with all laws regarding registration as a sex offender.
The 43-year old Petty registered with California Megan’s Law in March 2020. This database tracks California sex offenders. He and Minaj now live together with their infant son. His charges were dropped by the Los Angeles district attorney’s office.
However, he was still facing federal charges from the Department of Justice. This plea deal addresses these issues.
Petty will be sentenced on January 24, 2022.
After being convicted in 1994 of attempted rape, the New York State Department labels Petty a level-two sexual offender. This means that he is at moderate risk of repeat offenses.
Jennifer Hough, who in 1994 accused Petty of rape, filed a lawsuit last month against the couple. She accuses them of witness intimidation, intentional distress, negligent distress, harassment, and assault.
Minaj said on Thursday she would not be performing at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards.
“I just pulled out. I’ll explain why tomorrow. I still love MTV. Bruce, thank you. You are so special to me. According to Billboard.com, she tweeted “Next year we there baby” in response to a fan asking for more information.