He faces life in prison.
Nicki Minaj’s brother has been found guilty in his trial for child sexual assault, so he now faces 25-years-to-life in prison. After a three-week-long trail, a jury determined Jelani Maraj was guilty of predatory sexual assault against a child and endangering the welfare of a child.
Maraj’s accuser was his former stepdaughter. She claimed that he repeatedly sexually assaulted her throughout 2015 while her mother was at work. The girl, who is now 14, testified during the trial.
The girl’s brother also testified that he caught Jelani in the act and was slapped repeatedly for it. “I thought it wasn’t right. It looked weird to me, so I ran upstairs,” he said from the stand, according to Page Six.
The now 10-year-old boy claimed that Maraj threatened to take his sister away if he revealed what he saw. “Jelani said I wouldn’t see her again if I told on him,” he said. “His face was kind of mad.”
A Famous Sister
Nicki posted her brother’s $100,000 bond back when he was first charged. Though Jelani’s defense claimed that the “Starships” artist would testify on Jelani’s behalf during the trial, she never took the stand.
Maraj’s attorney contended that the charges were an extortion plot cooked up by Jelani’s ex-wife Jacqueline Robinson. He said that Robinson instructed her children to lie to authorities so that she could convince Minaj to pay her $25 million to drop the charges. However, because Minaj never took the stand to corroborate this story of possible extortion, they jury wasn’t buying it.
The lawyer even attempted to poke holes in the children’s stories while they were on the stand, but he was unsuccessful.
“We hope that today’s verdict will help the family in the healing process,” Nassau County D.A. Madeline Singas told TMZ after the verdict was handed down. Maraj will be sentenced on Dec. 14.
Minaj’s familial connections served as fodder in her recent beef with Remy Ma. To be fair to Ma, it’s very hard to come back from “your brother’s a pedophile,” and the first lady of the Terror Squad came to win.
Remy repeatedly referenced Nicki’s brother’s trial in her epic diss track “SheTHER,” scattering references to Jelani’s misdeeds among accusations of botched plastic surgery and casting couch-style record deals.
Here’s what Remy had to say about Jelani on wax:
“And I got a few words for the moms of the young Barbz
Guess who supports a child molester? Nicki Minaj
You paid for your brother’s wedding? That’s hella foul
How you spendin’ money to support a pedophile?
He a walkin’ dead man, sendin’ threats to him
I guess that’s why they call you Barbie, you was next to Ken
Talkin’ about your money long and your foreign sick
Why you ain’t help your bro hide his c*m from forensics?”
Even after the buzz around “SheTHER” died down, Remy continued to bring it up. “[At least] I ain’t never fondled no f*cking minors,” Remy said over Instagram Live. “Even if what they said was exact and right in my case, b**ch, I ain’t never touch nobody’s kids.”
Despite everything though, Maraj maintains his innocence. His attorney claims that he plans to appeal.
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