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Nicki Minaj’s husband sentenced for failing to register as sex offender

Nicki Minaj’s husband has been sentenced to a year of home detention for failing to register as a sex offender.

Kenneth Petty – who pleaded guilty to the offence of failing to register last year – was also ordered to pay a fine of $55,000 (£46,000).

The 44-year-old was convicted of rape in New York in 1995, but didn’t register within the required five days after moving to California in 2019.

He has served four years in prison for the 1995 crime.

Prosecutors previously urged the judge to sentence Petty to further prison time, arguing that house arrest was not a severe enough punishment.

Petty also served seven years in prison in 2006, after pleading guilty to first-degree manslaughter.

His name remains on the New York City sex offenders register.

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Minaj and Petty married in 2019, and currently live together in a mansion in Calabasas in Los Angeles County, California.

Minaj has previously defended her husband’s past actions, writing on social media in 2018: “He was 15, she was 16 … in a relationship. But go awf, internet, y’all can’t run my life. y’all can’t even run y’all own life.”

She also called US presenter Wendy Williams “demonic” after the talk show host discussed Petty’s past on TV.

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