Nicki Minaj’s husband, Kenneth Petty, has pleaded guilty to failing to register as a sex offender in the state of California. Petty willingly pleaded guilty to the charges on Thursday during a virtual courtroom hearing.

He can potentially be sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in prison. He is scheduled to appear in court for sentencing in January 2022.

Petty was convicted in the state of New York for the first-degree attempted rape of a 16-year-old girl in 1995. He served four years in prison and is registered as a level two sex offender in the state, forcing him to keep the title of sex offender for life.

He is required to register as a sex offender whenever he moves to a different state.

Police arrested Petty in 2019 during a traffic stop after learning that he failed to register his sex offender status in the state. He initially appeared in court in March 2020 and pleaded not guilty. He was released on a $100,000 bond.

In August, a lawsuit was filed against Minaj and Petty accusing them of harassing and intimidating the woman from the original charges, who identified herself as Jennifer Hough.

The suit alleges that Hough and her family members received calls from people connected to Minaj and Petty attempting to convince her to recant the rape. It further alleges that Minaj attempted to bribe Hough into allowing her publicist to write a statement for her. At one point Minaj allegedly offered to record birthday messages for Hough’s daughter “as a bonus.”

Minaj has publically defended her husband in the past by stating that “he was 15, she was 16 … in a relationship.”

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