Hip hop star, Nicki Minaj has become embroiled in a scandal after her latest boyfriend was exposed as a convicted rapist and serial criminal.
According to Hollywood Life, to say that Kenneth “Zoo” Petty, 40, has a long rap sheet is an understatement. Nicki Minaj’s new man has been arrested twelve times over the years, and each time, he’s gotten a brand new picture, courtesy of the police. While the exact details of each twelve arrests are unknown, it is known that Kenneth has served time for both attempted rape and for shooting a man. His most recent arrest, according to Radar Online, happened on Sept. 12, 2018, when he was reportedly busted for driving with a suspended license.
Kenneth was allegedly charged with two infractions and one misdemeanor for “operating an unlicensed vehicle,” “failure to stop at a stop sign,” and “operating a vehicle while license is suspended or revoked.” He appeared in the Nassau County First District Court on Oct. 25 for an arraignment hearing, and his next court date on the case is scheduled for Jan. 8, 2019. This offense pales in comparison to his arrest in 1995. When Kenneth was just 16-years-old, he was busted for attempted first-degree rape of a 16-year-old-girl. Kenneth, according to official records, used a “knife/cutting instrument” during the attempted rape. Kenneth is now a registered sex offender.
According to TMZ, Petty served four years in New York State Prison before he was released. Years later, Petty was convicted of first-degree manslaughter and served another seven years for shooting a man. He reportedly was released in 2013.
Nicki Minaj has fought back against the rising criticisms about her choice of lover. According to Fox news, Minaj, whose real name is Onika Tanya Maraj, faced intense scrutiny from fans after she shared a photo of herself with Petty on Instagram on Sunday. In the picture, Minaj is seen with her left leg wrapped around Petty as he cradles the backside of her thigh.
This has led to an outpouring of criticisms on the social media.
In response, Minaj wrote on IG recently: “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.”