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Is Nicki Minaj’s husband Kenneth Petty a sex offender? – Film Daily

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Is Nicki Minaj’s husband Kenneth Petty a sex offender? – Film Daily

Nicki Minaj may be a monster on the track, but her husband might be a sex offender in real life. Kenneth Petty rose to fame after the legendary rapper featured him in two of her music videos. While this put him on the map as a celebrity, it also put him under a microscope of scrutiny.

When sex offenders move into a neighborhood, they must disclose their status to their neighbors. This ensures the safety of those around them. It also gives the offender a chance to be honest about their crimes. No one is absolved of this difficult reality, not even Petty.

Yet, Petty is in the midst of being punished for not disclosing his status as a registered sex offender. So, maybe the question isn’t whether that label was earned. Rather, why won’t he be honest about what he’s legally seen as having done?

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First degree

Jennifer Hough is the reason why Nicki Minaj’s husband has to register as a sex offender. In September 1994, she alleged that Petty raped her at knifepoint when they were both sixteen years old. Petty was later found guilty of first-degree rape.

One could argue that the justice system is rigged against Black men. They could also argue this bias meant Petty was found guilty while actually being innocent. However, the fact remains. Petty was found guilty and Hough has suffered behind this decision ever since.

Not only does she have to live with what he did to her, but she also faced backlash from Minaj and her stans for stepping up. Yes, the justice system has not always treated Black men fairly. Let’s not forget, though, that it’s been equally unfair to Black women. For a Black woman to have received justice has to then indicate the validity of the court’s ruling against him.

Stand beside him

Nicki Minaj faced her share of mistreatment within the music industry way before marrying a registered sex offender. She faced the same glass ceilings as predecessors like Lil’ Kim, Missy Elliot, & Trina. One would think this would make her compassionate toward Hough’s struggles.

Not only did she not show compassion, she quickly made herself an enemy of the young woman. Hough later came forward with accusations against them both. She claimed Minaj offered her anywhere from $20,000 to $500,000 to walk back her claims against Petty.

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When Hough declined, Minaj & her associates allegedly began subjecting her to non-stop harassment. Hough was forced to relocate homes multiple times and claims she experienced severe emotional distress as a result. The public might not want to stand beside her, but the courts are on her side.

Home confinement

As a result, Petty initially served four years in prison and was labeled a level two sex offender. This means his crime involved minors and was considered non-violent. It also means Petty will carry this label for twenty-five years and must report for verification two times per year.

Most importantly, Petty has to keep his neighbors informed of his status whenever he moves. Although Nicki Minaj might not believe he’s a sex offender, this is a legal requirement he cannot shirk despite the celebrity circles he’s known to travel in.

In November 2019, Petty was arrested for failing to disclose his status after he & Minaj moved to Beverly Hills, CA. In September 2021, he pled guilty and struck a plea bargain to avoid serving additional jail time. He was recently sentenced with three years probation and charged a $55,000 fine, in addition to being given one year of home confinement.

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Like a duck

Earlier this week, R. Kelly was sentenced to thirty years behind his own allegations of sexual abuse involving minors. Along with Petty’s case, the title of celebrity is no longer protecting powerful men from facing consequences for their deplorable actions.

Nicki Minaj might not want to face the reality that her husband and the father of her son is a sex offender. As long as Petty doesn’t follow the rules of the court, though, this reality will continue to face her. Let’s see if she can rap her way out of this one.

Do you think Nicki Minaj’s husband is a sex offender? Or do you think he’s been wrongfully accused? Let us know your legal thoughts in the comments below!

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Review: SAMARITAN, A Sly Stallone Superhero Stumble

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Hitting the three-quarter-century mark usually means a retirement home, a nursing facility, or if you’re lucky to be blessed with relatively good health and savings to match, living in a gated community in Arizona or Florida.

For Sylvester Stallone, however, it means something else entirely: starring in the first superhero-centered film of his decades-long career in the much-delayed Samaritan. Unfortunately for Stallone and the audience on the other side of the screen, the derivative, turgid, forgettable results won’t get mentioned in a career retrospective, let alone among the ever-expanding list of must-see entries in a genre already well past its peak.

For Stallone, however, it’s better late than never when it involves the superhero genre. Maybe in getting a taste of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) with his walk-on role in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel several years ago, Stallone thought anything Marvel can do, I can do even better (or just as good in the nebulous definition of the word).

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The property Stallone and his team found for him, Samaritan, a little-known graphic novel released by a small, almost negligible, publisher, certainly takes advantage of Stallone’s brute-force physicality and his often underrated talent for near-monosyllabic brooding (e.g., the Rambo series), but too often gives him to little do or say as the lone super-powered survivor, the so-called “Samaritan” of the title, of a lifelong rivalry with his brother, “Nemesis.” Two brothers entered a fire-ravaged building and while both were presumed dead, one brother did survive (Stallone’s Joe Smith, a garbageman by day, an appliance repairman by night).

In the Granite City of screenwriter Bragi F. Schut (Escape Room, Season of the Witch), the United States, and presumably the rest of the world, teeters on economic and political collapse, with a recession spiraling into a depression, steady gigs difficult, if not impossible, to obtain, and the city’s neighborhoods rocked by crime and violence. No one’s safe, not even 13-year-old Sam (Javon Walker), Joe’s neighbor.

When he’s not dodging bullies connected to a gang, he’s falling under the undue influence of Cyrus (Pilou Asbæk), a low-rent gang leader with an outsized ego and the conviction that he and only he can take on Nemesis’s mantle and along with that mantle, a hammer “forged in hate,” to orchestrate a Bane-like plan to plunge the city into chaos and become a wealthy power-broker in the process.

Schut’s woefully underwritten script takes a clumsy, haphazard approach to world-building, relying on a two-minute animated sequence to open Samaritan while a naive, worshipful Sam narrates Samaritan and Nemesis’s supposedly tragic, Cain and Abel-inspired backstory. Schut and director Julius Avery (Overlord) clumsily attempt to contrast Sam’s childish belief in messiah-like, superheroic saviors stepping in to save humanity from itself and its own worst excesses, but following that path leads to authoritarianism and fascism (ideas better, more thoroughly explored in Watchmen and The Boys).

While Sam continues to think otherwise, Stallone’s superhero, 25 years past his last, fatal encounter with his presumably deceased brother, obviously believes superheroes are the problem and not the solution (a somewhat reasonable position), but as Samaritan tracks Joe and Sam’s friendship, Sam giving Joe the son he never had, Joe giving Sam the father he lost to street violence well before the film’s opening scene, it gets closer and closer to embracing, if not outright endorsing Sam’s power fantasies, right through a literally and figuratively explosive ending. Might, as always, wins regardless of how righteous or justified the underlying action.

It’s what superhero audiences want, apparently, and what Samaritan uncritically delivers via a woefully under-rendered finale involving not just unconvincing CGI fire effects, but a videogame cut-scene quality Stallone in a late-film flashback sequence that’s meant to be subversively revelatory, but will instead lead to unintentional laughter for anyone who’s managed to sit the entirety of Samaritan’s one-hour and 40-minute running time.

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Samaritan is now streaming worldwide on Prime Video.

Samaritan

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  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton
  • Pilou Asbæk

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Matt Shakman Is In Talks To Direct ‘Fantastic Four’

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According to a new report, Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct the upcoming MCU project, Fantastic Four. Marvel Studios has been very hush-hush regarding Fantastic Four to the point where no official announcements have been made other than the film’s release date. No casting news or literally anything other than rumors has been released regarding the project. We know that Fantastic Four is slated for release on November 8th, 2024, and will be a part of Marvel’s Phase 6. There are also rumors that the cast of the new Fantastic Four will be announced at the D23 Expo on September 9th.

Fantastic Four is still over two years from release, and we assume we will hear more news about the project in the coming months. However, the idea of the Fantastic Four has already been introduced into the MCU. John Krasinski played Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The cameo was a huge deal for fans who have been waiting a long time for the Fantastic Four to enter the MCU. When Disney acquired Twenty Century Fox in 2019 we assumed that the Fox Marvel characters would eventually make their way into the MCU. It’s been 3 years and we already have had an X-Men and Fantastic Four cameo – even if they were from another universe.

Deadline is reporting that Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct Fantastic Four. Shakman served as the director for Wandavision and has had an extensive career. He directed two episodes of Game of Thrones and an episode of The Boys, and he had a long stint on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. There is nothing official yet, but Deadline’s sources say that Shakman is currently in talks for the job and things are headed in the right direction.

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To be honest, I was a bit more excited when Jon Watts was set to direct. I’m sure Shakman is a good director, but Watts proved he could handle a tentpole superhero film with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Wandavision was good, but Watts’ style would have been perfect for Fantastic Four. The film is probably one of the most anticipated films in Marvel’s upcoming slate films and they need to find the best person they can to direct. Is that Matt Shakman? It could be, but whoever takes the job must realize that Marvel has a lot riding on this movie. The other Fantastic Four films were awful and fans deserve better. Hopefully, Marvel knocks it out of the park as they usually do. You can see for yourself when Fantastic Four hits theaters on November 8th, 2024.

Film Synopsis: One of Marvel’s most iconic families makes it to the big screen: the Fantastic Four.

Source: Deadline

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Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase Star in ‘Zombie Town’ Mystery Teen Romancer (Exclusive)

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Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase have entered Zombie Town, a mystery teen romancer based on author R.L. Stine’s book of the same name.

The indie, now shooting in Ontario, also stars Henry Czerny and co-teen leads Marlon Kazadi and Madi Monroe. The ensemble cast includes Scott Thompson and Bruce McCulloch of the Canadian comedy show Kids in the Hall.

Canadian animator Peter Lepeniotis will direct Zombie Town. Stine’s kid’s book sees a quiet town upended when 12-year-old Mike and his friend, Karen, see a horror movie called Zombie Town and unexpectedly see the title characters leap off the screen and chase them through the theater.

Zombie Town will premiere in U.S. theaters before streaming on Hulu and then ABC Australia in 2023.

“We are delighted to bring the pages of R.L. Stine’s Zombie Town to the screen and equally thrilled to be working with such an exceptional cast and crew on this production. A three-time Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award winner with book sales of over $500 million, R.L. Stine has a phenomenal track record of crafting stories that engage and entertain audiences,” John Gillespie, Trimuse Entertainment founder and executive producer, said in a statement.

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Executive producers are Trimuse Entertainment, Toonz Media Group, Lookout Entertainment, Viva Pictures and Sons of Anarchy actor Kim Coates.  

Paco Alvarez and Mark Holdom of Trimuse negotiated the deal to acquire the rights to Stine’s Zombie Town book.

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