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Nicki Minaj's overly protective husband Kenny Petty was arrested by U.S. Marshals on an indictment for failing to register as a sex offender, TMZ has learned.

Petty was in federal custody Wednesday after he turned himself into the Marshals.

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According to court documents, he will be held until he faces a judge later today. Petty's troubles began after he got pulled over in Beverly Hills in November.

Cautious Beverly Hills PD ran a background check on the Black man driving an expensive vehicle, and determined Petty was a registered sex offender in New York state but had not registered in the state of California as required.

He was arrested and released on a $20,000 bond in November.

Petty's rap sheet includes a 1995 conviction for first-degree attempted rape. He served almost 4 years in NY state prison for the crime and was required to register as a sex offender. If convicted on the federal charge for failure to register, Kenneth, 37, faces up to 10 years in prison.

Nicki, 37, apologized after Petty shoved a Trinidadian singer who got too close to Nicki during Carnival in her native Trinidad and Tobago last month.

"Allyuh like sh-t eh? I go cus all yuh real fkn stink yuh know? [Kenneth] don't understand about our culture. I apologize on his behalf. He's always in security mode. All love. Love my country to death. Love my [people] to death. Period. … I should've told him it's a very comfortable family atmosphere. He's never been to a carnival in his life. Not even in Brooklyn, babe."

 

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