The U.S. Attorney’s Office reported that on Wednesday, Jul 6, a federal judge sentenced Kenneth Petty, Nicki Minaj’s husband, to one year of in-home confinement. The court also ordered Petty to serve three years of probation. In 2020, the defendant pleaded guilty to violating California’s law regarding registering sexual offenders.
FMHipHop reported that Kenneth was convicted of attempted rape in 1995, which required him to register as a sex offender in New York City. When he moved to California with his wife, he was unaware that he had to re-register as a sexual offender. However, prosecutors did not believe him since he allegedly knew about this for the past twenty years.
In his testimony at the hearing, Petty accepted full responsibility for his actions and the consequence thereof. “I take full responsibility for whatever happens today,” he said. “I’m ashamed, embarrassed, and disrespected my wife’s brand. There are no excuses. I broke the law. I thank you for giving me the chance to speak, to apologize.”
Moreover, Petty and Nicki live in a beautiful mansion in a gated community. Putting Kenneth in home detention would not appear to be an appropriate punishment. Accordingly, the prosecutors recommended incarceration for 15 months and a five-year probation sentence. This harsh sentence was, however, rejected by the judge.
1995’s Rape Accusations: What Did Kenneth Petty Do?
Court documents acquired by The Blast indicate that Kenneth Petty was suspected of pressing something on the back of a 16-year-old girl as she walked to school. Furthermore, until they were at his house, he gave her the command to “keep walking.” However, she managed to escape by hitting him with a bottle after he allegedly started raping her while holding a knife.
In addition, Jennifer Hough, who grew up in South Jamaica, Queens, and claims Petty raped her, sued both him and Minaj. Hough pressed charges against the couple in 2021. She claimed Minaj and Petty were trying to bully her into retracting her rape claim, reports People. According to the thorough report published by The Daily Beast, Jennifer Hough allegedly received $20,000 in exchange for signing a statement denying the rape.
Written by Nikiya Biggs