Nicki Minaj dating a registered sex offender


Fans are not impressed with Nicki Minaj’s new beau.

The “Barbie Dreams” rapper appeared to make her reported romance with Kenneth “Zoo” Petty — who is a registered sex offender in New York — Instagram official over the weekend after posting photos of him from her 36th birthday celebration in Turks and Caicos.

On Sunday, Minaj shared two photos — one that features her posing with her leg wrapped around Petty while he looks at her lovingly another shot of him looking off into the distance — along with a caption quoting lyrics from Adele’s 2015 hit, “Hello.”


Minaj — who turned 36 on Saturday  — posted numerous photos and videos from her trip over the weekend. In one clip, Minaj stumbles while posing for pictures with two of her girlfriends and a man, who presumably is Petty, can be heard in the background laughing and saying, “Baby, get your ass up!”

Neither a manager nor a rep for Minaj returned PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Minaj disabled the comments on the post debuting her new relationship after fans started slamming her for being with Petty given his questionable past.

Petty, 40, is a level two registered sex offender in New York, which means he’s considered a “moderate risk of repeat offense” and will be required to register as a sex offender for life.

According to online records from the New York Division of Criminal Justice Services, Petty was convicted in April 1995 of attempted rape in the first degree for an incident that occurred in September 1994 involving a 16-year-old girl. He was sentenced to 18 to 54 months in prison, but it is unclear how much time he actually served.

Minaj responded to a fan in the comments, writing, “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.”

Petty also pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of a man named Lamont Robinson in 2002, according to a criminal complaint obtained by The Blast.

According to The Blast, Petty plead guilty to the manslaughter charge in March 2006 and served seven years in prison after being sentenced to 10. Petty was released in May 2013, and had been on supervised release for five years until May of this year.

One Twitter user posted a meme that says “Oh no baby, what is you doing???” in reaction to the news with the caption, “It has come to my attention that Nicki Minaj‘s new boyfriend not only a convicted rapist, but also a murderer. 🙊🙊🙊 Not that I meddle into her personal life but I did cos [sic], Girl…”

Another joked that Petty’s name is a sign that Minaj shouldn’t be with him, “Nicki Minaj’s new man’s name is Kenneth Petty….That name is a sign… DUMP 👏🏾 HIM 👏🏾 SIS 👏🏾.”


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