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Nicki Minaj’s brother Jelani Maraj has been found guilty of predatory sexual assault on a child and endangering the welfare of a child at Nassau County Court. Maraj, who is 38-years-old, was initially arrested in connection with the case back in December of 2015 and released on bail shortly after with the help of his sister Nicki Minaj.
Maraj repeatedly raped his former stepdaughter. She was 11-years-old at the time.
The incidents took place in 2015 at Maraj’s Long Island home. DNA evidence found semen on the girl’s pajama pants that have been linked to Maraj.
Jurors delivered the guilty verdict on the second day of deliberations. Maraj could get anywhere from 25 years to life in prison. Sentencing will take place on December 14.
Maraj was led away in handcuffs following the verdict and is being held in Nassau County Jail until his sentencing. He reportedly showed no emotions as the verdict came down.
Maraj’s lawyer has said they will appeal. Maraj’s defense has claimed that the allegations against him were orchestrated by the girls mother, who coached her daughter to say she was assaulted, to extort $25 million from Nicki Minaj as hush money.
The mother of the girl and former wife of Maraj denied the accusations.
The girl who was assaulted by Maraj, who is now 14-years-old, went into the horrifying detail of what her former stepfather did to her.
In her chilling testimony the girl recalled that the assaults began in April of 2015.
She recounted how she was raped multiple times by Maraj who told her it was her fault because she was “sending him signals.” He also threatened that the girl would be separated from her mother if she said anything.
On one occasion the girl’s then eight-year-old brother walked in on his sister being assaulted. The boy, who is now ten, testified that Maraj told him to not reveal what he saw or he would be taken away from his mother.
During the trial Maraj's lawyers said that Nicki Minaj would take the stand to discuss the alleged extortion. It never happened.
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