Nicki Minaj has reportedly come to the defense of a man who appears to be her new boyfriend following comments about his criminal history.

Over the course of Sunday and Monday, the “Barbie Dreams” artist shared Instagram photos in which she is seen embracing and holding hands with a man identified by several media outlets, including People magazine and E! News,as Kenneth Petty, 40, a registered sex offender.

While comments on her Instagram posts appear to have been disabled, E! News and Fox News report Minaj responded to commenters who remarked on Petty’s status as a Level 2 offender on New York State’s Sex Offender Registry. He was assessed as posing a medium risk of committing another offense.

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