We previously reported… Kenny Petty was arrested back in November for not registering as a sex offender when he moved from New York to California.
He was released on $20,000 bond and ordered to register, as required by law.
According to E! News, the rapper’s husband is now listed in the California database of sexual offenders. Petty’s status stems from his conviction of first-degree attempted rape in 1995.
When news first surfaced of Kenneth’s rape case, Nicki came to his defense. “He was 15, she was 16. In a relationship,” Nicki wrote on social media in 2018. “But go awf Internet. Y’all can’t ruin my life. Y’all can’t even run y’all own life. Thank you boo.”
Petty previously served seven years in prison for first-degree manslaughter, which he plead guilty to. He was released in 2013.
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Court documents filed on Feb. 25 show Petty was indicted by a grand jury for failure to register as a sex offender upon his relocation to the West Coast. He pleaded not guilty.
The 42-year-old is currently awaiting his April 28 trial date. If convicted, Petty faces up to 10-years in prison.
During Tuesday’s Wendy Williams Show, the talk-show host teased that Nicki and Kenny will be the focus of her “Hot Topics” for tomorrow.
“Well apparently the way this show is going today, we did not have enough time to get to Nicki Minaj’s [husband]. But let me tell you something Nicki. That’s going to be my first story tomorrow and I’m going to lead with this: You should’ve never married him because now you’ve ruined everything about what your brand could be,” she shared. “Again, you are never going to stand a chance when you are with a man who pulls a knife at rape point. A registered sex offender, you are never going to stand a chance with the public.”
Wendy continued, “There’s only one thing worse than touching children and pulling knives and that’s murder. By the way, he did go to jail for manslaughter. Oh, I think I just did the story. No, get to digging. There’s more on it. Everybody get to digging. Get to digging.”
Hear her tell it via the Instagram video embed above.
This isn’t the first time Wendy and Nicki have made headlines for trading shots. Back in November, the rapper appeared on Queen Radio where she slammed Wendy over her criticism of Petty.
“It’s not about doing your job,” Nicki shared. “There are people who report the news and there are people who do it with an evil intent in their heart, viciousness. And I pray for you because I know you’re hurting and I know you must be sick and humiliated.”
The hip-hop star continued, “I didn’t know that in our society, you have to be plagued by your past. I didn’t know that people can’t turn over a new leaf. I didn’t know that your viciousness and evilness was this deep rooted.”