Nicki Minaj’s husband, Kenneth Petty, has pleaded not guilty to not registering as a sex offender.
According to TMZ on Wednesday, Petty was arrested by U.S. marshals after turning himself in.
Per the publication, the “Super Bass” rapper’s spouse got pulled over in Beverly Hills last November, where officials determined he was a registered sex offender in New York — but not in California.
In April 1995, Petty was convicted of first-degree attempted rape of a 16-year-old girl. He served almost four years in New York state prison for the crime and was required to register as a sex offender.
After being released on a $20,000 bond, Petty appeared in court Wednesday to enter his plea.
Though prosecutors wanted him on house arrest, Petty’s attorney objected, and he will instead be required to wear an ankle monitor.
Petty will also have a curfew and be under pretrial supervision. He is not allowed to use drugs (including legal marijuana from Los Angeles dispensaries) and may not travel outside of Southern California. He has also surrendered his passport.
Petty has since been released on a $100,000 bond.
His next hearing is scheduled for March 23.
In December 2018, Minaj defended Petty’s conviction, writing on social media, “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.”
The couple got married last October.