*A judge has pushed back the criminal trail of Nicki Minaj’s husband involving allegations he failed to register as a sex offender when he moved to California with the hip-hop star.
According to reports, Kenneth Petty was due to start the trial this week but it has been delayed by five months. The new date is now Feb. 23, according to the Daily News.
“I voluntarily agree with the continuance of the trial date and give up my right to be brought to trial earlier than February 23, 2021,” Petty said in a declaration signed Thursday.
We previously reported… 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.
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According to E! News, Petty is listed in the California database of sexual offenders. His status stems from a conviction of first-degree attempted rape in 1995.
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 with his wife. He pleaded not guilty.
When news first surfaced of Kenneth’s rape case, Nicki came to his defense. “He was 15, she was 16. In a relationship,” she 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.
Petty and Minaj are expecting the birth of their first child together, the rapper announced in July.
The court previously granted Petty’s request to be taken off house arrest so he won’t miss the baby’s birth.