Who Is Kenneth Petty, the Registered Sex Offender Dating Nicki Minaj?

Nicki Minaj makes headlines for nearly everything she does these days. The year started with headlines for Minaj, with news of her and Nas’ breakup in January 2018; her feud with Cardi B has been a hot topic for most of the year; and it looks like the year will end with headlines for Minaj, too.

New boyfriend, Kenneth “Zoo” Petty, may be the most controversial topic of the year for the Queen rapper. Fans are genuinely concerned for Minaj after learning of Petty’s criminal record.

Kenneth “Zoo” Petty is a registered sex offender

Minaj’s boyfriend served jail time after being convicted of attempted rape when he was 16 years old. According to arrest records, Petty used a “knife/cutting instrument” to force sexual intercourse with a 16 year old girl. As a result of the conviction, Petty is registered as a Level 2 sex offender on the New York State Sex Offender Registry. He is required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Minaj has reportedly refuted this account, however. She claims that Petty is a victim of false claims. After fans filled the comments section of a recent Instagram post with concerned comments, Minaj responded, telling a different story about what happened between Petty and the alleged victim. “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,” Minaj clapped back, implying that Petty was the victim of trumped up charges.

In addition to the attempted rape charge, Petty has been arrested eleven times for crimes ranging from driving on a suspended license to first-degree manslaughter. The manslaughter charge stemmed from the shooting that resulted in the death of Lamont Robinson, for which Petty served seven years of a ten-year sentence.

If Minaj wasn’t already having trouble in the popularity department, something tells us her relationship with Petty won’t help matters.

Nicki Minaj threatened to sue Jesse Palmer over Kenneth “Zoo” Petty


Minaj is clapping back at her haters. The “Good Form” rapper even threatened to sue former football player Jesse Palmer, after he made comments about Minaj on a segment during Daily Mail TV. Palmer said that fans “are also worried because this isn’t the first time Nicki Minaj has defended a sex offender.”

Palmer continued, stating that Minaj had supported her brother, Jelani Maraj, who was found guilty of raping his 11-year-old stepdaughter. Minaj took to Instagram to respond to Palmer with threats of a lawsuit. “You just lied on me on nat’l TV & now you’re being sued. You better be able to back up what you just said about me with FACTS,” Minaj’s Instagram caption read.

According to TMZ, Minaj has never supported her brother. Minaj took her mother to visit Maraj in jail, but that is the only time the rapper has been to see her brother since his conviction.

Kenneth “Zoo” Petty dumped his girlfriend for Nicki Minaj


Petty was in a relationship prior to rekindling his romance with Minaj. According to Petty’s ex-girlfriend, he left her for Minaj. In Noelle’s Instagram post, she writes that she was taken by surprise when Petty left her for Minaj. “Have no problem with her. But she messing with my man who was living with me!! How he just wake up and chase behind a rapper. I mean I know she famous and all and girls chase rappers all the time. But as a man. My man I wouldn’t expect that at all,” her caption said.

This is the second time that Minaj has dated Petty. The couple also shared a romance when Minaj was a teenager. Minaj reconnected with Petty while she was handing out turkeys in her hometown just before Thanksgiving. The couple are apparently making up for lost time. TMZ reports The “Chun Li” rapper and Petty are reportedly already talking about getting married and having babies. Minaj and Petty are also in talks to produce a number of projects together.