Nicki Minaj’s Husband, Kenneth Petty Surrenders To U.S. Marshals After Failing To Register As A Sex Offender

Nicki Minaj and Kenneth Petty attend the Marc Jacobs Fall 2020 runway show during New York Fashion Week on February 12, 2020 in New York City.
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Nicki Minaj‘s husband, Kenneth Petty, was arrested on Wednesday for failing to register as a sex offender. Petty turned himself in to the U.S. Marshals, according to TMZ, after being pulled over in California last November. That’s when officers realized that while he had registered as a sex offender in New York, he had failed to do so in the Golden State.

Petty is required to register as a sex offender as part of his parole following a 1995 conviction for first-degree attempted rape. He spent just under four years in a New York prison before being released.

At the time, he was charged by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office and released on a $20,000 bond.

While details are still emerging about the situation, it appears as though Petty didn’t follow up on the charges and they may have been turned over to the federal government, since Petty turned himself into the Marshals. TMZ obtained court documents related to the case, which show that he will face a judge in court today.

There’s still no word on when Petty will be out, but if he’s convicted of the failure to register, it’s a federal crime that could result in up to 10 years in prison.

Petty has also been convicted of manslaughter after gunfire resulted in the death of a man, according to Billboard. In addition, he recently took heat from fans after allegedly pushing another singer at an appearance that his wife made in Trinidad and Tobago, as The Inquisitr reported.

Before tying the knot, Petty and Minaj were lifelong friends, growing up together in Queens, New York. They moved to California together last year and got married in October, according to a social media post from the rapper. They did, however, obtain a license to marry in July of last year.

Details on the wedding are scarce, but Minaj previously said that she decided she didn’t want the massive nuptial celebration that little girls dream about when they’re young.

“We’ll definitely do the paperwork portion of the marriage, but the actual wedding, I don’t know,” she said. “You know when you’re a little girl and you want this big beautiful wedding, and I used to think I was one of those girls, I always wanted the fairytale. But then the things that used to matter to you don’t matter as much.”

At the time of writing, neither Minaj nor Petty had responded to TMZ‘s requests for comment.