Nicki Minaj’s husband gets home confinement and probation

Kenneth Petty, husband of rapper Nicki Minaj, will not serve time in prison for not registering as a sex offender in California.

Instead, US District Judge Michael Fitzgerald sentenced Petty to one year house arrest and three years probation on Wednesday afternoon. The judge also ordered Petty to pay a $55,000 fine, said Justice Department spokesman Ciaran McEvoy, whose office was prosecuting the case.

Petty, 44, who was convicted of attempted rape in New York in 1995, was previously serving a four-year sentence on that conviction, which also required him to register as a sex offender wherever he lives.

Petty finalized a plea deal in September and pleaded guilty to federal charges of not registering when he moved to California after marrying “Bang Bang” and “Starships” rappers in 2019.

Federal prosecutors asked Petty to serve 15 months in prison in his current case, arguing that house arrest in his wife’s luxury home in the affluent Calabasas community would not be severe enough.

But Fitzgerald said jail wasn’t the answer for Petty as his case was less severe – compared to others where sex offenders don’t register when they move – as well as the burden that another inmate would put on an already taxed one prison system would exercise the COVID-19 pandemic, McEvoy confirmed Thursday.

Minaj, 39, real name Onika Tanya Maraj, first started dating Petty when she was 16 and living in Queens, NY. The couple wed in October 2019 after reportedly dating again for around a year. They welcomed their first child, a son, in 2020.

Late last summer, shortly after Minjaj eclipsed Petty’s case with her viral remarks about COVID-19 vaccines, the woman who accused Petty of sexual assault in 1994 sued the couple for defamation, claiming they had an intimidation campaign against her launched and their safety threatened.

Minaj was dropped from the federal lawsuit in January, but during a hearing in New York federal court, the woman’s attorney said they plan to refil a case in California federal court (and reinstate the hip-hop star as a defendant make) because it is a more appropriate jurisdiction.

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Sarah Ridley

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