How Nicki Minaj stood by her sex offender husband Kenneth Petty – who tried to rape 16-yr-old and killed rival gangster – The Sun

NICKI Minaj shocked her 106million Instagram followers by announcing her secret marriage to Kenneth "Zoo" Petty yesterday.

But the rapper's fans were even more shocked to learn about convicted sex attacker Kenneth's rap sheet — which includes 12 arrests for crimes ranging from sexual assault to shooting a man dead.


The Anaconda hitmaker, 36, went public with her relationship with 41-year-old Petty back in 2018, and has since boasted they have sex three or four times a night.

But they had actually first dated when Minaj was just 16 and living in Queens, New York.

Petty would have been around 21 at the time — and five years earlier he had been convicted of attempted rape of a teenager who alleged he held a knife to her stomach while forcing himself on her.

Despite huge amounts of public criticism, she's stuck by her man every step of the way.

But it hasn't been an easy ride…

Attempted rape of teen

In 1994, the NYPD's Sex Offender Unit arrested Petty for "sexual intercourse" with a 16-year-old female.

His accuser said Petty came up behind her in the street and "placed a hard circular object" against her back which "made a clicking sound", The Blast reports.

The victim believed it was a gun and feared for her life as Petty ordered her to "keep walking".

She then claims Petty took her to a house down the street where he held her down.

There, she alleged that he "laid his weight on top… pinched her sides and squeezed her neck causing her to sustain bruises and pain."

The victim then says he "forced his penis" into her vagina while he held a knife against her stomach.

Although he was said to have told her "she could not leave", the victim managed to escape by hitting him with a bottle.

She called the cops and Petty was arrested the same day, but he protested his innocence.

He was originally charged with five crimes including rape, sexual abuse, and unlawful imprisonment.

But he was ultimately convicted of attempted rape in 1995 and served four years in prison.

Petty is now a registered sex offender and has to provide authorities with updated photos and location information on a regular basis.

Shot in the stomach

But that conviction was only the beginning of his violent crimes.

After midnight on April 27, 2002, Petty shot a man three times in the stomach with a handgun.

A report from TMZ claims Petty had driven to the scene in a car with other people, jumped out, and started firing before fleeing the scene.

The victim, Lamont Robinson, was rushed to hospital but died from his horrific injuries.

Before he passed away, Robinson was unable to speak but was said to have identified Petty by nodding at a photo lineup police brought to his deathbed.

An investigator suspected the shooting was gang related and remembered that the killing had been over some "bulls**t".

Petty was accused of murder but managed to cut a deal and get the charge dropped down to the lesser crime of manslaughter.

He pleaded guilty to that charge in March 2006 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

But he only served seven years for taking Robinson's life.

'Y'all can't run my life'

With Petty released from prison in 2013, he was free for less than five years before he rekindled his romance with Minaj.

A source told US Weekly that Petty reconnected with the rapper when she was handing out free turkeys for a charity Thanksgiving event in Queens.

And since then, the multimillionaire star has repeatedly stood by him — despite his dark past, and outcry from the public.

She's even directly commented on his attempted rape conviction.

Writing on Instagram, Minaj said: "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. Thank you boo."

Lavish life of luxury


Since hooking up with the star, Petty has had a radical change in fortune.

He's been snapped with Minaj in luxury resorts donning designer clothes.

And the couple's social media feeds are filled with images of Petty living the high life, including riding jet skis and posing in front of a Ferrari.

Petty wrote under one supercar snap: "God be blessing me".

He even appeared dancing with her in the video for her song Megatron, released this summer.

The song includes the lines "I f**k him like I miss him / He just came out of prison".

'I'm madly in love with this man'

The unlikely pair have now tied the knot, and Minaj sent fans into a frenzy by announcing their marriage yesterday.

She showed off "Bride" and "Groom" emblazoned baseball caps and "Mr" and "Mrs" mugs online on Monday.

The post was captioned "Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty 10•21•19", but further details about the wedding haven't been revealed yet.

She'd previously revealed back in August that she'd obtained a wedding licence on her Beats 1 radio show, Queen Radio.

Minaj also told The Shade Room: "You know when you're a little girl and you want this big beautiful wedding, and I used to think I was one of those girls, I always wanted the fairy tale.

"But then the things that used to matter to you don't matter as much because I remember wanting those things with people, where real love wasn't there.

"So now I feel like now that everything has finally lined up and matched up being that I'm madly in love with this man, he's also my best friend.

"The things that used to matter to me before, don't matter as much now."

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