Who is Kenneth Petty?
Kenneth Petty is an American convicted sex offender who recently made news headlines as the boyfriend of renowned rapper, singer-songwriter and actress Nicki Minaj. He has been arrested a number of times for various crimes and has also served in prison for four and seven years for attempted rape and first-degree murder charges. According to reports, Minaj, who had dated him as a teenager, recently hooked up with him again as she "believes in second chances". While not much is known about his professional life, except that he spent much of his youth in jail, it has been reported that Petty and Minaj are considering producing music together.
Rise to Stardom
Kenneth Petty gained the attention of the media as the latest romantic interest of talented rapper Nicki Minaj after she posted pictures of the two on her Instagram on November 29, 2018. It took some time for the tabloids to discover his identity, following which the internet was overflowed with details of his criminal past. Both Minaj and Petty are hopeful that they can have a better future together.
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Controversies & Scandals
The most important bit of information that was immediately spread about Kenneth Petty after his picture with Nicki Minaj surfaced on the internet is that he is registered as a Level 2 sex offender on the New York State Sex Offender Registry. It was soon revealed by tabloids that he was jailed back in 1995 after being convicted of attempted rape the previous year when he was only 15. He reportedly used a "knife/cutting instrument" to force a 16 years old girl to have sexual intercourse with him. According to the police database, he served four years in state prison for the crime. However, this is not the only time he had a brush with the law. In fact, he has been arrested at least eleven more times for a number of offences that range from driving with suspended license to first-degree murder. In 2002, he was convicted of first-degree manslaughter for the death of Lamont Robinson. According to the criminal complaint of 'The Blast', he pleaded guilty of the crime and served seven years in prison, from March 2006 to May 2013. Most recently, he was arrested for driving with a suspended license in September 2018.
Family & Personal Life
Kenneth 'Zoo' Petty was born on April 7, 1978 in Queens, New York City. He reportedly dropped out of school without completing his education, presumably due to legal issues.
In late November 2018, popular rapper Nicki Minaj shared on social media pictures of herself with Kenneth Petty as the two hung out together. It quickly sparked rumors that he was the latest man the rapper had been dating. Minaj made the relationship official by continuing to share intimate pictures of them on social media and by hinting that they were serious about the relationship to the extent of considering marriage and kids. Soon after, it was revealed that the couple had been in a relationship long ago, and had only rekindled their affair recently.
According to a report by 'TMZ', sources close to her had mentioned that he was one of the first men Minaj had dated in her younger years, when she was only 16 years old. They recently reconnected when she visited her hometown of Queens to hand out Thanksgiving turkeys. As the identity of Petty was revealed on the internet, fans of Minaj became worried about her involvement with the convicted sex offender. Known for being outspoken, Minaj quickly addressed concerns on social media about his sex offender status by claiming that he was in a relationship with the girl at the time and was wrongly accused of rape by her mother as she did not approve of him. Not only that, she even threatened to sue former football player Jesse Palmer after he commented on 'Daily Mail TV' that this was not the first time Minaj had supported a sex offender because she had supported her brother, Jelani Maraj, who was found guilty of raping his 11-year-old stepdaughter. 'TMZ' later clarified that she never supported her brother. However, she had previously collaborated with rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine, who was found guilty of sex racketeering and firearm charges. Petty and Minaj celebrated her birthday together in early December and have been inseparable ever since. He recently tattooed her name 'Onika' on his neck.
At the time Kenneth Petty revived his romance with Minaj, he was already in a relationship with a woman named Noelle, who made an Instagram post after the dating rumors surfaced, expressing her surprise at how quickly he left her for the rich rapper. He reportedly even has five children from his past relationships. Minaj was also involved with Safaree Samuels and Meek Mill previously.