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Nicki Minaj's husband has been approved to surf the Internet while he awaits trial for failing to register as a sex offender in California.

Kenneth Petty, who was convicted of first-degree attempted rape in his native New York back in 1995 at age 16, turned himself in to authorities on March 4 after he was indicted by U.S. Marshals for failing to register.

The 41-year-old househusband pleaded not guilty and was freed on bond. As a condition of his bond, he was forbidden from going online without a supervisor's approval.

The purpose of the Internet restriction is to prevent sex offenders from perusing p0rn websites and being enticed to reoffend.

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Petty filed a request to have his Internet privileges restored, and on Monday, March 16, his wish was officially granted by a judge, reports TMZ.

Petty became a resident of California last summer after moving cross-country with Minaj, whom he wed in October.

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He previously served almost four years in a New York prison for the sex attack against a 16-year-old girl.

Petty finally registered as a sex offender as required by law, and Minaj's home address is easily accessible on California's sex offender registry.

Minaj previously dismissed trolls who mocked her husband online by saying he won't read their comments because he doesn't surf the internet. Apparently, she lied or she wasn't aware of her husband's online activities.

He is due to stand trial for failing to register his status as a sex offender next month.
 

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Nicki Minaj expressed her embarrassment after the feds arrested her husband, Kenny Petty, for failing to register as a sex offender in California.

Petty, who moved to L.A. from New York, was arrested back in November for not registering as a sex offender on the West Coast. He was released on $20,000 bond and ordered to register, as required by law.

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He was arrested again on March 4, when police determined he still had not registered. He was released on bond again, and, as of Monday, he is listed on the registry.

Among those sharpening their knives when the story broke was Wendy Williams, who slammed the Barbie rapper for marrying an ex-con sex offending murderer in the first place.

Williams, 55, who previously criticized Nicki for marrying Petty, didn't have time to broach the subject during her Hot Topic's segment on Tuesday. She told her audience she will lead with the story on Wednesday's show.

"That's going to be my first story tomorrow, and I'm going to lead with this: You should've never married him, because now you've ruined everything about what your brand could be, again. You're never gonna stand a chance when you're with a man who pulls a knife at rape point... a molester... a registered sex offender. You're never going to stand a chance with John Q. Public. Because there's only one thing worse than touching children and pulling knives, and that's murder. By the way, he did go to jail for manslaughter."

Question: Did Nicki destroy her career because of her poor choice in a man?

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It took two arrests for Nicki Minaj's husband Kenneth Petty to finally register as a sex offender in California.

Petty, 41, is now listed as a sex offender in the California Department of Justice's database, Page Six reports.

Petty was arrested last week by federal agents when he failed to register after a previous arrest in November 2019. He was released on $20,000 bond in November and advised to register, but he refused.

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Petty was 16 when he was convicted in 1995 of attempting to rape a 16-year-old girl. Despite registering in California, he still faces charges for not registering last year.

Nicki, real name Onika Tanya Maraj, was embarrassed and humiliated after the arrest, but she said she is "standing" by her man.

"Kenneth's arrest is embarrassing but it is not a relationship killer whatsoever. She has known Kenneth forever and knows the person he is and is in love with him and she wants this to go way as quickly as possible," a source tells Hollywood Life.

The source said Nicki, 37, will address her husband's March 4 arrest on an upcoming episode of her Queen Radio show.
 

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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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A Philadelphia man was convicted of fatally stabbing Nicki Minaj's manager outside a Philadelphia bar in 2015.

After two trials, Khaliyfa Neely was convicted Friday of stabbing Devon Andre Pickett to death on Feb. 18, 2015 outside a bar in Germantown.

Neely, 38, was found guilty of third-degree murder, aggravated assault, simple assault and possession of an instrument of crime.

The first trial ended in a hung jury, but District Attorney Larry Krasner's office continued to pursue justice in the case. Krasner said his office had "solid evidence" to convict Neely.

"It is our duty to persist in the pursuit of justice, even in the face of challenges," said Krasner.

Neely's sentencing hearing is set for April 24. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted of murder.

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Nicki Minaj and Kenneth Petty made a fashionable entrance at Marc Jacobs' NYFW runway show on Wednesday in New York City.

The 37-year-old "Megatron" rapper wore a $9,500 Marc Jacobs floral print ruffle dress with camel coloured, knee-high crushed suede stiletto boots. She accessorized her outfit with a canary yellow handbag and an orange cinch belt.

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Nicki says she owes her svelte new figure to her crash diet. Nicki revealed she is only 20 pounds away from her ideal weight. During an episode of her popular Queen Radio talk show, Nicki said she delayed her diet because she lacked discipline.

She said she didn't think she had what it took to stick with the strict diet plan, WENN.com reported.

"I was trying to do this diet and I kept putting it off. I didn't think I could have the discipline in what I ate. Once my mind was committed to it, my body committed to it. I'm still 20 pounds away from my goal weight."

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The "Yikes" rapper said, "I channeled all of my power and now I have control of it. I control how it manifests in my life." She encouraged her readers to do the same, but she cautioned her followers that no one is perfect.

"I've been talking about that this year too, about being kind to yourself, and allowing yourself to be human. While at the same time, being motivated and powerful, but also treating yourself as if you love yourself too, and being easy on yourself. Like, nothing and no one is perfect."

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Nicki Minaj is winning her own weight loss challenge, by revealing she is 20 pounds away from her ideal goal.

In a revealing moment on her Queen Radio talk show, the 37-year-old "Anaconda" rapper admits she's been delaying her diet because she lacked discipline. She said she didn't think she had what it took to stick with the strict diet plan, WENN.com reported.

"I was trying to do this diet and I kept putting it off. I didn't think I could have the discipline in what I ate. Once my mind was committed to it, my body committed to it. I'm still 20 pounds away from my goal weight."

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The "Yikes" rapper said, "I channeled all of my power and now I have control of it. I control how it manifests in my life." She encouraged her readers to do the same, but she cautioned her followers that no one is perfect.

"I've been talking about that this year too, about being kind to yourself, and allowing yourself to be human. While at the same time, being motivated and powerful, but also treating yourself as if you love yourself too, and being easy on yourself. Like, nothing and no one is perfect."

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Nicki stuck to her diet with the help of her husband, Kenneth Petty, who is pictured here making a weed run on New Year's Eve.

Nicki says dieting success gave her a new lease on life. "This has been one of my favorite years so far. I realized I unlocked the lock. I realized that success starts inside you, it doesn't start with success.

"Success doesn't start with success, meaning I don't have to be the number one female rapper. I have to know I can be the number one female rapper."
 

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Former lovers Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj are currently trading jabs and insults on Twitter.com.

As far as I can tell, the beef started when Meek Mill and Nicki's husband got into a shouting match at a strip club last week.

On Wednesday, Nicki threw low-key shade at Meek Mill by posting a video of herself rapping to her track "Yikes."

"Woke up, the price of coke up / I just hit 'em with the low cut, then call my folks up / Somebody 'bout to get poked up, go call the tow truck / All that talking out your neck might just get your throat cut."

She captioned the video: "I play tag & you #IT for life. You a [clown emoji] you do it for likes. #Yikes."

She followed that up by tweeting: "Trigger fingers turn to #TwitterFingers bad built face ass obsessed with the Queen."

"Nigga been tweeting bout my man for a year now. Talking bout he went to my page to see him but he was blocked. My nigga, move on. I know ya btch embarrassed. Shitted yaself in that store when u got pressed tho."

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Then Nicki dropped a bombshell by accusing her former lover of domestic violence:

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An outraged Meek responded:

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But Nicki dug her heels in:

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Nicki Minaj's ex Safaree Samuels has become a first-time father and a #girldad, after wife Erica Mena gave birth to a baby girl.

Safaree announced the happy news on his Instagram page on Monday, alongside a picture of himself holding his daughter's tiny hand, WENN.com reported.

"These pass (sic) 24 hrs have been an adventure to say the least!!" he wrote. "I'm a part of the #girldad club now. Perfection is here."

The hashtag #girldad trended after Kobe Bryant previously termed himself a "girl dad" because he fathered four girls with his wife, Vanessa Bryant. One of his daughters, Gianna, 13, died with him in a helicopter crash last month.

Male celebrities who have sons and daughters have incorrectly tagged images of themselves as #girldads. A girl dad is a father who has all girls.

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In a post on his Instagram Stories, Safaree apologized to fans after he had to cancel a show when Erica's waters broke. Safaree is pictured above with his ex-fiancee Nicki.

"Sorry to everyone who came out to see me in Rhode Island last night," he wrote alongside a picture of himself on a plane. "But as I was getting ready to leave my wife's water broke."

The baby's name has yet to be revealed.

Erica, who already has a son, King Conde, shot to fame appearing on VH1 show Love & Hip Hop New York before moving to Love & Hip Hop Atlanta. Safaree began appearing on the show following his split from "Megatron" rapper Nicki in 2014.

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Nicki Minaj's brother Jelani Maraj was sentenced to 25 years to life for raping a minor child in 2015.

Maraj, 41, will serve a minimum of 25 years in prison following the guilty verdict in his child rape trial, TMZ reported.

Judge Robert McDonald sentenced Maraj in a New York courtroom on Monday, Jan. 27. The Nassau County D.A. told TMZ, "We hope that today's verdict will help the family in the healing process."

Maraj was found guilty of predatory sexual assault against a child and endangering the welfare of a child in 2017. He was accused of raping his then-11-year-old stepdaughter in 2015.

"He had sex with that 11-year-old girl sometimes four times a week," Assistant District Attorney Emma Slain told jurors in 2017.

Nicki, 37, never testified during the trial -- despite claims made by her brother's defense team that she would.

Nicki, whose real name is Onika Tanya Maraj, was expected to testify that Maraj's ex-wife, Jacqueline Robinson, tried to extort her for millions in 2015.

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Nicki Minaj is comforted by the nice things white people say about her compared to "the blacks". The 36-year-old Barbie rapper took to social media to slam Black people for the mean things they say about her compared to the nicer white media coverage.

In a since-deleted tweet on Tuesday, Nicki wrote: "What the white [people] post. >>>>>> The blacks only post the few seconds where I raise my voice to push their narrative..."

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The tweet came after Nicki was dragged online for criticizing daytime talk show hostess Wendy Williams for mocking her marriage to registered sex offender and ex-con Kenny "Zoo" Petty, 41.

Nicki's Black fans were disappointed at the rapper using an outdated racist term to describe her race.

One user tweeted: "You know what..I love your music. But the fact that you said 'white ppl' and then refer to us as 'the blacks' just furthers the idea that 'blacks' aren't people".

Another user tweeted: "Nicki Minaj said white people listen to her music like good fans while the blacks remind her that her husband ain't even buy her a wedding ring".

And a third user wrote: "Did this trick @NICKIMINAJ really say 'white ppl >>>>>>>> the blacks'?!"
 


 

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Nicki Minaj called Wendy Williams "demonic" and "vicious" in a furious rant, after the daytime talk show host mocked her new husband Kenny "Zoo" Petty.

The newlywed rapper tied the knot with the 41-year-old ex-convict last month, but Williams made it clear she's not a fan of the shotgun marriage on her Wendy Williams Show.

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"Now, he served seven years in prison and he's also a sex offender," Williams told her audience, referring to Zoo's time served in prison for attempted rape and first degree manslaughter. "So that means that he... is a manslaughter a killer? Okay. So, he's a killer and a sex offender… Well Nicki, congratulations," Williams said, as her audience laughed.

But Minaj, 36, wasn't laughing. She was less than impressed by the TV host's scathing character assassination. Minaj fired back at Williams on her Queen Radio show on iHeartRadio, WENN.com reports.

"It's not about doing your job. There are people who report the news and there are people who do it with an evil intent in their heart, viciousness. And I pray for you because I know you're hurting and I know you must be sick and humiliated," Minaj said.

The rap star continued: "I didn't know that in our society, you have to be plagued by your past. I didn't know that people can't turn over a new leaf. I didn't know that your viciousness and evilness was this deep rooted."

The "Starships" hitmaker then took aim at Wendy's failed marriage to Kevin Hunter, 47. Minaj implied that Williams, 55, is bitter because she's not getting enough good sex.

"When a women isn't really being loved at home, the viciousness is a different type. So I really wanted to pray for you today, because look at where you are now in your life. But you are demonic, and that's why this stuff unfolded. If I were you, I would go and pray, ask for forgiveness. You can report the news — people do it all the time - without the level of viciousness and trying to play dumb and doing all this nonsense."
 

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Nicki Minaj's new husband, Kenneth "Zoo" Petty, 42, reportedly dropped $1.1 million in cash on her wedding ring. The Barbie rapper posted images and videos showing off their rings on Instagram.com.

There are unconfirmed rumors that Nicki gave Zoo the million in cash, along with a note to take to the jeweler. But Nicki and Zoo dismissed the rumors in an Instagram post.


 

"Everybody said that you secured the bag, you married a multi-millionaire and you secured the bag," said Nicki, who was dressed as the Bride of Chucky.

"You know I just cut somebody's mother f**king finger off for that ring," replied Zoo, who is dressed as Chucky.

"You mean, I didn't buy this ring?" Minaj asks him.

"No, you didn't buy that ring!" he responded.

According to reports, the massive ring wasn't ready when the couple tied the knot at a private residence. The custom ring was hand delivered this week, and Nicki excitedly showed it off on social media on Wednesday.

The jeweler, Rafaello & Co., told TMZ that Zoo paid for the ring on his own. But many speculate that the jeweler was instructed to tell TMZ that.

The jeweler also noted that the 17-carat ring is worth an estimated $1.1 million. Kathryn Money, VP of Strategy & Merchandising for Brilliant Earth tells ET that the diamond ring is about 15-carats and the white gold or platinum band alone is worth an estimated $50,000 to $65,000.


 

Nicki married Zoo after a brief, whirlwind courtship. They reportedly met when she was a teenager. He is a registered sex offender who spent time in prison for manslaughter. But Nicki wants to put all of that behind her as she embarks on her new life journey at age 36.

"When I was little, I always imagined princess and marriage and the wedding and now it's more to me about the life, the future, the love, the partnership, than the wedding," she said. "[It's] so strange cause I didn't expect myself to be one of those people who didn't care about the hoopla, but I really don't."

Nicki's diamond bling isn't as impressive as the $10 million, 40 carat rock Steve Harvey gave his wife, Marjorie Harvey, after rumors of infidelities and impending divorce landed him in the headlines.
 


 

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Wendy Williams is concerned about rapper Nicki Minaj-Petty's welfare. The daytime talk show Diva questioned Nicki's shotgun marriage to Kenneth "Zoo" Petty, a man with an extensive criminal record.

Nicki, 36, shocked her fans in September when she announced she was retiring from music to start a family with her man, Zoo Petty.

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"I've decided to retire & have my family. I know you guys are happy now. To my fans, keep reppin me, do it til da death of me, in the box- cuz ain't nobody checkin me. Love you for LIFE," she tweeted.

The Barbie's fans were concerned because Zoo has a long criminal history which includes murder and sexual assault.

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Nicki and Zoo Petty tied the knot at a private residence on Monday, changing her legal name to Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty.

Wendy, who is happily single, addressed Nicki's quickie wedding during her popular daytime talk show on Thursday.

"Nicki Minaj is married. There are some naysayers that say, 'Why did you marry this guy, Kenneth Petty? I understand why she married him, you know what I'm saying? She's known by all the world at this particular point in her life. She's the biggest thing going. And sometimes when you're the biggest thing going, you wanna have a safety blanket; a comfort zone, and that would be somebody you grew up with."

But Wendy questioned whether Nicki was wise to marry a murderer and a registered sex offender. The 41-year-old Aries was convicted of first-degree manslaughter and released from prison in 2013.

"I think that she will probably start a family right away, and can you imagine a burgeoning belly with these burgeoning hips? I mean, the plastic of it all! I don't know what he does for a living. I just know that he did time in jail. He's a sex offender. Well, she's no stranger to that considering her brother's in jail for sex offending. [Petty] served seven years in prison, and he's also a sex offender. So he's a killer and a sex offender. Well, Nicki. Congratulations!"

 

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Nicki Minaj and her new husband Kenneth "Zoo" Petty tied the knot in a "no frills" wedding on Monday. But now they are planning a huge celebration for family and friends.

The 36-year-old Barbie rapper confirmed she and Kenneth exchanged vows in a video she shared on her Instagram page that showed matching "Mr and Mrs" mugs and "Bride and Groom" baseball caps. In the caption, Nicki revealed her new surname: "Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty 10•21•19."

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Sources tell TMZ that the couple married at a private residence in Los Angeles with just a few members of their immediate families to witness the nuptials, as well as a female minister to conduct the ceremony.

But the newlyweds are planning a proper church service and a huge star-studded celebration in the near future. First they are working on an heir or heiress to Nicki's rap throne.

The insider added the only reason they had a small service initially is because their marriage license was due to expire, meaning they would have to apply for a new one and start over again if they wanted to marry after the 90-day deadline expired.

Nicki and Kenny's plans are similar to power couple Justin and Hailey Bieber, who initially wed in a New York courthouse in September 2018. They hosted another wedding service and star-studded celebration last month.

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Wedding bells will be ringing for Nicki Minaj and her fiancé Kenny "Zoo" Petty. The couple set the date for next week, as Nicki's fans share their concerns for her online.

"We've gotten our marriage license, but there's a particular pastor who I want to officiate, and so she was just made available as of today," the rapper told E! News.

"She told me she's available within the next week, so we could be married in the next seven days."

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The future Mrs. Petty and her bew obtained a marriage license in late July. But she had been referring to him as her husband for months prior.

"We're very close as friends, 'cause we've known each other since we were kids, but also, we're so sexually attracted to each other. We always wanna do it," the middle-aged rap star told E! News.

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But Nicki's fans are worried that the "Barbie Tingz" rapper is rushing a little too quickly down the aisle. And that she may be headed for trouble. They say Kenny has a criminal history and he's a registered sex offender.

But Nicki dismissed their concerns.

"People can say all they want, Nicki added, "The only person that can tell me what to do is my man, and that's only because he got some good D, but if he stops having good D, then not even he can tell me what to do."

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Singer Beyonce Knowles hid her face under a grey hoodie as she and daughter Blue Ivy were slipped out a back exit after shopping at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills. Blue Ivy sported super long extension braids for the rare outing. The energetic 7-year-old held on to the handrail so as not to fall in her chunky platform sneakers while mom kept a close eye on her.
 

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Nicki Minaj and her fiancé Kenny Petty were mobbed by fans as she arrived to her Fendi launch in Beverly Hills. The rapper's silver fishnet dress struggled to contain her curves. The 36-year-old Sagittarius enthusiastically greeted her screaming fans, waving and blowing kisses before pulling out her cell phone to take selfies and to livestream the event. Nicki revealed she was being sarcastic when she announced she and "Hello" singer Adele had recorded "an epic song" together.
 

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Kim Kardashian joined her sister Khloe Kardashian for lunch on the coast at Malibu Farm Pier Cafe in Malibu, Calif. The wide-hipped mother of four wore a mock turtleneck sweater with brown lambskin leather pants and strappy sandal pumps. The 38-year-old socialite was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in 2015.
 

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Lupita Nyong'o wore a matching canary yellow skirt set while promoting her new book, Sulwe, in NYC. Lupita, 36, wrote the book to help dark skinned children feel better in their dark skin. "I grew up in Kenya around very many dark people, but I grew up with a lot of light skin on TV and in the books I read and it made me feel uncomfortable with my skin color," she said. "So I wrote this book to help little kids get there a little faster.”
 

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Actress Jennifer Garner sent social media into a frenzy when she recreated a classic 'Friends' episode - with Legos! Garner recreated the episode titled "The One With the Embryos" in which Phoebe finds out she's pregnant. On Tuesday, Garner welcomed fellow Friends co-star Jennifer Aniston to Instagram with her Friends-themed Lego playset. Garner was spotted out and about in Beverly Hills with friend Summer Phoenix, right. Garner, 47, shares 3 children with ex-husband Ben Affleck.
 

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Actor Michael Ealy was seen out & about in Los Angeles spending quality time with his adorable daughter. The actor, 46, rocked a blue "A Tribe Called Quest" tee during the outing. The Think Like A Man actor shares two children with his wife Khatira Rafiqzada, 38.
 

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Heiress Paris Hilton was mobbed by excited fans as she arrived at Mexico City airport from Los Angeles to launch her new perfume Electrify in Mexico City, Mexico.

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Nicki Minaj's brother, Jelani Maraj has exhausted his appeals two years after he was convicted of child rape. A Nassau County judge denied Maraj's request to set aside his conviction and release him on bail.

In November 2017 a Nassau County jury convicted Maraj, 40, of raping his now-former stepdaughter when she was just 11 years old.

His defense team argued that the charges were fabricated by Maraj's ex-wife - the girl's mother - to extort $25 million from Minaj, who was an A-list rap star at the time.

The girl testified that Maraj raped her repeatedly between April and November 2015 while her mother was at work.

In his ruling, the judge said Maraj failed to meet the "burden of proof that any misconduct here created a significant risk that a substantial right of the defendant was prejudiced."

The judge set Maraj's sentencing for Nov. 18 - nearly 2 years to the day he was convicted.

Maraj faces the possibility of life behind bars.

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Black Twitter is buzzing about Nicki Minaj's ex-boyfriend, Safaree Samuels, who dropped a baby off in Erica Mena, but left Nicki childless.

Safaree and Nicki were high school sweethearts. They dated for years before she rose to fame as one of the nation's top female rappers.

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He contributed to Nicki's career. He is even credited as co-executive producer on Nicki Minaj's album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.

Safaree, 38, and Nicki, 36, broke up after 12 years. Now comes word that he is engaged to reality TV star Erica Mena and she is knocked up with his seed.

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Safaree is set to wed rapper Bow Wow's ex-fiancee, Erica, on October 7, after Safaree proposed to the reality TV star on Christmas Eve last year.

The pair revealed they are expecting their first child together a week before their big day.

"It’s a big deal, a very big deal, I didn't think I was capable of doing this," he said in a YouTube video. "I am excited, nervous, in shock, in disbelief."

Erica, 31, already has a son, King Conde, from a previous relationship. She didn't disclose how far along she is, but the couple revealed their baby is due in early 2020.

Erica appeared on the VH1 show Love & Hip Hop New York before moving on to Love & Hip Hop Atlanta. She was previously involved in a made-for-TV relationship with reality TV star Cyn Santana.

That sham relationship led to speculation that her relationship with Safaree is also fake.

Safaree began appearing on the reality show following his split from Nicki in 2014.

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Cardi B fans rejoice! Nicki Minaj is retiring to raise a family with her fiancé, Kenneth "Zoo" Petty.

The 36-year-old Barbie rapper made the surprise announcement in a tweet on Thursday, Sept. 5.

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"I've decided to retire & have my family," she wrote. "I know you guys are happy now. To my fans, keep reppin me, do it til da death of me, in the box- cuz ain't nobody checkin me. Love you for LIFE."

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Rumors swirled that Minaj married Petty in a civil ceremony recently. But she dismissed the rumors.

The couple initially dated when they were both teenagers in Queens, NY. He served seven years in prison for first-degree manslaughter and was released in 2013.

The couple hooked back up in 2018. They have been inseparable ever since.

Petty, who has a criminal record, came under scrutiny for carrying a loaded weapon during an Instagram Live video.

Many pointed out that the 41-year-old ex convict came off supervised probation just last year.