Kenneth Petty, Nicki Minaj’s husband, pleaded guilty to failing to register as a sex offender in California after being convicted of attempted rape.
Petty changed his plea to guilty in new court documents filed in the US District Court for the Central District of California and obtained by Billboard, withdrawing his initial not guilty plea to the single-count indictment.
Petty was arrested at a traffic stop in Beverly Hills in 2019 and police discovered he had not registered as a sex offender in the state when he moved there three years prior from New York.
According to the filing, Petty acknowledged in documents he signed that he was required to notify New York of a change of address if and when he moved to another state, and that it was his responsibility to follow all laws regarding sex offender registration.
Petty, 43, registered with the California Megan’s Law database, which tracks local sex offenders in California, where he and Minaj currently live with their infant son, in March 2020, and had his charges dropped by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office.
However, he was still facing federal charges from the Department of Justice, which this plea agreement addresses.
Petty’s sentencing date has been changed to January 24, 2022.
After being convicted of attempted rape in the first degree in 1994, the New York State Department classified Petty as a level-two sex offender with a moderate risk of reoffending.
Jennifer Hough, the woman who accused Petty of rape in 1994, sued the couple last month, accusing them of “witness intimidation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress, harassment, assault, battery, sexual assault, and sexual harassment.”
Minaj announced on Thursday that she would not be performing at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2021.
“I simply drew out. I’ll explain why in more detail another time. But I adore those MTV guys. thank you very much, Bruce I adore you to the moon and back. We’ll be there next year, baby “According to Billboard.com, she tweeted in response to an inquiring fan.