However, her new boyfriend's past had many fans slamming the Queen rapper over his criminal record. Petty, 40, is a level two registered sex offender in the state of New York. He was convicted in April 1995 for attempted rape in the first degree against a 16-year-old girl, a crime committed in September 1994.
Additionally, the Queens County District Attorney's office confirmed to ET that Petty also plead guilty to manslaughter in the first degree on March 2, 2006, and was sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in prison. According to the NY DOC page, he only served seven years and was paroled in September 2013.
However, the backlash over Petty's past hasn't seemed to deter Minaj from her new romance, as the performer has continued to share steamy snapshots with her new man amid the social media drama.
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