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.

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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.

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.)

“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.

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

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

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Anyone notice a pattern?

Contributing Editor. When he's not pullin' up, he's usually jumpin' out. You can find him in the cut.

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DISCUSSION

JustPassingThrough

Nope. If you keep finding yourself associated with and defending rapists and pedos (see, her brother, that tattoo faced rapper, and now her bf), then I highly recommend you seek therapy. Something isn’t right.