Nicki Minaj’s Brother Indicted for Child Rape
A grand jury has indicted Nicki Minaj's brother Jelani Maraj on charges of raping a 12-year-old-girl.
Bossip reports that the grand jury found sufficient evidence to charge Maraj after deliberating for about a month. The final decision was made on April 4 according to court records.
Nicki Minaj's brother appeared at the sex crimes division of the Nassau County Court on Tuesday (April 19) for his arraignment. Jelani Maraj pled not guilty to all charges. He is out on $100,000 bond. There has been speculation over whether Nicki Minaj actually posted the bail for her brother or if it was posted by her mother.
Jelani Maraj is facing charges of felony predatory sexual assault against a child, felony sexual conduct against a child under age 13, sexual conduct against a child and endangering the welfare of a child. Maraj could receive a sentence of 15 years to life for the first charge alone.
Long Island police arrested Jelani Maraj last year after the 12-year-old alleged victim told police that Maraj had been raping her for several months. The last incident allegedly took place one day before his arrest.
Maraj was arraigned on Dec. 3 on charges of first-degree rape and first-degree conduct of sexual intercourse with a child. He was released from the Nassau County Jail on bond the next day (Dec. 4). Nicki Minaj has not publicly commented on her brother's case since the news of his arrest first broke. She also has not been present at any of his court dates.
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