Dallasblack.com: Nicki Minaj's Brother Jelani Maraj Found Guilty Of Raping 11-Year-Old Stepdaughter

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Friday, November 10, 2017 9:32 AM

Nicki Minaj's Brother Jelani Maraj Found Guilty Of Raping 11-Year-Old Stepdaughter

By: Monya Fleming

Nicki Minaj's Brother Jelani Maraj Found Guilty Of Raping 11-Year-Old Stepdaughter
Jelani Maraj, the brother of Nicki Minaj, was found guilty of sexually assaulting a child under 13 on Nov. 9. A Nassau County jury handed down guilty verdicts on the charges, which include endangering the welfare of a child and predatory sexual assault on a child younger than 13 following a month-long trial.

Maraj is facing up to 25 years behind bars at his sentencing next month.

Jelani continued to deny the allegations against him during his trial, while his attorneys argued that the accusations were made in order to extort money from his famous sister.

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Maraj's defense team claimed the victim's family were asking for $25 million in "hush money."

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Jelani allegedly began sexually abusing the girl when she was just 11-years-old. Prosecutors stated that Jelani raped his stepdaughter repeatedly while her mother was at work between April and November of 2015. 

The victim, who is now 14 years old, testified that during the period of her abuse, Jelani would call her his "puppet" and said she had "no say" in what he did to her. 

The girl claimed that Nicki's brother would physically assault her if she refused his sexual advances and told her to keep the sexual assaults a secret.

Nassau County District Attorney, Madeline Singas, called Jelani's sex crimes against his young stepdaughter "heinous acts," stating that his conviction was justice. She thanked the jury for finding him guilty on the charges. 

Singas stated, "Justice demanded that this defendant be held accountable for these heinous acts and we are thankful to the jury for their careful deliberation. We hope that today’s verdict will help the family in the healing process and that it will close this terrible chapter in their lives."

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Attorneys for Maraj argued that the victim was basically her mother's pawn in an extortion attempt to gain millions from Nicki Minaj. They claimed the girl was beaten by her mother, who was forcing her to lie under oath about being raped. 

The New York Daily News reports that the victim was Maraj’s own stepdaughter and that the sexual abuse took place in the family’s Long Island home.

During the trial, Jelani's mother Carol testified that the victim’s mother once talked to her about money in connection with her daughter’s claims of the sexual assault.


Carol said the victim's mother told her it was "gonna take a lot of money to get out of this one."

The victim’s younger brother, now 10-years-old, testified that he walked in on Maraj sexually assaulting his sister in 2015. The boy stated that he saw Jelani's "private parts" making contact with his sister.


Jelani reportedly warned the little boy that if he told anyone about what he saw that he would be taken away from his mother.

The jury deliberated for two days before handing down the guilty verdict. Jelani reportedly showed no emotion in the courtroom as the verdict was read. 


Maraj, who has been free on bail since his 2015 arrest, is now in the Nassau County Jail until next month's sentencing hearing. 


Nicki has remained quiet on the allegations against her older brother, but rumors swirled that the rapper paid Jelani's bail in 2015.

It was later revealed that their mother, Carol, actually posted the bond, which was back by two homes that Nicki owns in New York. Court documents show Carol put up her home along with two $50,000 promissory notes. 



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