Nicki Minaj's brother found guilty in child sex assault case

Danny Woods
November 11, 2017

On Thursday, Nicki Minaj's brother was convicted of raping his stepdaughter.

He will be sentenced on December 14; he was charged on a felony charge of predatory sexual assault on a child and endangering the welfare of a child.

The verdict in the trial of Jelani Maraj capped a sordid three-week Nassau County Court prosecution rife with horrific testimony from the shaken accuser about the unrelenting abuse. He faces 25 years to life in prison for what DNA evidence has supported happened to the now 14-year-old girl.

Maraj showed no emotion after the verdict, when State Supreme Court Justice Robert McDonald ordered him held without bail in Nassau County's jail.

Semen found on the victim's pajamas was crucial evidence.

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The girl was reportedly assaulted by the 38-year-old over eight months in 2015. He said Maraj confronted him a short time later, slapping him several times across the face and telling him he would never see his mother again if he told anyone what he had witnessed. One juror told reporters that the young girl's testimony was hard to listen to.

Maraj's ex-wife and the mother the victim testified that her daughter oddly became "distant", but made no objections when she married Maraj in August 2015. Additionally, the defense said it might have been contaminated with different laundry.

Maraj's ex-wife vehemently denied this allegation.

James R. Ray III, a civil attorney who briefly represented the mother, testified that he did demand $25 million from Jelani Maraj after he had already been arrested to settle a potential civil lawsuit, but he said the girl's mother was unaware of the demand. She later fired Ray as her attorney. He said they were both partially unclothed.

On December 1, 2015, Maraj was arrested on charges of predatory assault, second-degree course of sexual conduct and a misdemeanor charge of acting in a manner likely to injure a child.

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