Nicki Minaj's hubby sentenced to house arrest

BY: bbc
Nicki Minaj's hubby handed one year house arrest
Nicki Minaj(right) and her husband Kenneth Petty

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

The 44-year-old was required to inform authorities when he moved due to an attempted rape conviction from 1995.

But he admitted failing to do this when he moved to California with Nicki Minaj in 2019.

He's now been sentenced and fined $55,000 (£46,000), according to the US Attorney's Office.

What is the law?

Under US law, registered sex offenders have five days to update their details if their residence changes.

Sex offenders in the US are required to register by the Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) - which is the country's sex offender registration system.

According to the act, offenders are "required to update their registration in each jurisdiction they reside, are employed, or attend school".

Failure to register is considered a federal crime.

Petty had previously pleaded not guilty to this at a 2020 court appearance, but changed his plea last September.

At his latest hearing prosecutors said house arrest was not tough enough, and urged the judge to give Petty further prison time.

In the hours after the sentencing, Nicki Minaj posted a picture on Instagram of her husband and son.

Petty began dating the rapper in late 2018, with the pair having reportedly known each other since childhood.

A year later they were married and they now have a son.

Their relationship has proved controversial due to his criminal past, with Nicki defending her partner against criticism.

In August 2021, the pair were sued by the woman he was convicted of attempting to rape.

Nicki Minaj and husband sued by sex assault victim

She filed a lawsuit alleging that the couple harassed her to try to make her take back her claims.