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The Bobster
12-04-2015, 05:59 AM

Nicki Minaj’s brother charged with raping 12-year-old
By Joe Tacopino
December 4, 2015 | 1:02am

Nicki Minaj with her brother Jelani Maraj. Photo: Instagram

The brother of rap star Nicki Minaj was charged Thursday on Long Island with raping a 12-year-old child, a report said.

Jelani Maraj, 37, of Baldwin was arraigned Thursday on first-degree rape for assaulting a pre-teen, according to Newsday.

Maraj was freed from the Nassau County jail in East Meadow on $100,000 bail today, the paper said.

The Nassau County district attorney did not reveal any information about the case.

Maraj was married to Jacqueline Robinson at the Coral House on Milburn Lake in Baldwin, NY, this past August.

His pop-star sister paid about $30,000 for the wedding hall, which hosted 200 guests.

“I would cross the ocean for u,” Minaj wrote on Instagram at the time along with a picture of herself and the groom.

“I love my brother so much man. Can’t believe I cried during his wedding and his first dance like a punk. May God bless him and his union. Tonight has been one of my favorite nights of all time. I do anything to see my brothers smile.”

The Bobster
10-11-2017, 06:34 PM

Jury selection begins in Nicki Minaj’s brother’s rape trial
By Natalie Musumeci
October 11, 2017 | 11:00am | Updated

Jelani Maraj

Jury selection is slated to begin Wednesday in the child rape trial against rapper Nicki Minaj’s big brother.

The “Super Bass” rapper had previously put up the $100,000 bond that sprang her brother, Jelani Maraj, 38, of Long Island from custody in Nassau County in 2015 – and Maraj has the full support of his superstar sister, his defense lawyer said.

Maraj’s attorney, David Schwartz, said that Minaj is standing by her brother’s side “absolutely, 100 percent,” Newsday reported Tuesday.

Maraj, a Baldwin resident, was arrested in December 2015 after he was accused of first-degree rape and first-degree sexual conduct against a 12-year-old.

He has pleaded not guilty in the case, in which he faces up to life in prison if convicted of the top count.

“These are a bunch of lies,” Schwartz said, according to Newsday. “There’s a big, big motive to lie here which I can’t get into right now. But these are false accusations.”

State Supreme Court Justice Robert McDonald dropped a less serious felony charge against Maraj at the request of the prosecution on Tuesday in Nassau County Court, Newsday reported.

During the Tuesday pretrial court hearing, prosecutors revealed that pajama pants with Maraj’s alleged DNA on them in the groin area will be presented as evidence in the case, the newspaper reported.

Schwartz said that Minaj will not appear in court Wednesday, but may attend part of the trial, according to the news outlet.