Nicki Minaj Defends Another Sex Offender. This One Happens to Be Her Boyfriend

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Convicted sex offender Kenneth Petty has been living good these days, at least one would assume so, as his girlfriend is international pop star Nicki Minaj.

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The 40-year-old Petty also happens to be, again, a convicted sex offender. Minaj, for her part, is standing by her man.

After Minaj’s public claiming of her new main squeeze, TMZ learned that Petty was convicted of first-degree attempted rape in 1995, after he used a sharp object to force a then-16-year-old girl into having sex with him. Petty served nearly four years in a New York state prison. Petty was subsequently convicted of first-degree manslaughter, which cost him another seven years behind bars until his 2013 release.

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Minaj, who has been single since her relationship with fellow artist Meek Mill, doesn’t seem to mind.

Minaj told her side by responding to a post made by a fan (a fan who thought it appropriate to guess the race of Petty’s victim, no less.)

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“He was 15, she was 16 … in a relationship,” Minaj said. “But go awf, internet. Y’all can’t run my life.”

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Minaj’s public support for her boyfriend comes months after her 6ix9ine-assisted single, “FEFE,” angered hardcore fans and casual listeners alike. 6ix9ine, born Daniel Hernandez, plead guilty to the use of a child in a sexual performance on Oct. 20, 2015.

Minaj, who was barred from performing with the currently incarcerated Hernandez at the MTV VMAs, responded to the controversy over their collaboration with support.

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“Danny, I love you and am praying for you, your Mother, daughter & her Mom during this time,” she wrote via Instagram.

Anyone notice a pattern?

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