Jelani Maraj, the brother of Nicki Minaj, has been charged with raping a 12-year-old on Long Island. The brother of the ‘Anaconda’ singer was arraigned on Dec. 3, and has been freed from jail on a $100,000 bail.
Jelani Maraj, the 37-year-old brother of Nicki Minaj, 32, is facing some serious criminal accusations. Nicki’s older brother has been charged with raping an underage child repeatedly reportedly over a period of three months. Despite the severe nature of these allegations, Jelani is currently free from jail.
Jelani was arraigned on Dec. 4, after he was charged with first-degree rape and first-degree course of sexual conduct with a child, reports Newsday. The alleged victim is reportedly a 12-year-old child that Jelani, “had access to,” according to the New York Daily News.
“Mr Maraj’s bail was set at $100,000,” a spokesperson for the District Attorney’s office tells HollywoodLife.com. Jelani made the bail and was released from the Nassau County Jail in East Meadow. “His return date is Dec. 9,” the spokesperson confirmed. If you want to know more about Nicki’s brother, learn about Jelani here.
Jelani is charged with one count of one felony count of rape stemming from an April 1, 2015 incident, according to court documents attained by HollywoodLife.com. He is also charged with one count of felony Course Sexual Conduct against a child in the first degree.
According to the court documents, Course Sexual Conduct is when a person, “being eighteen years old or more, engages in two or more acts of sexual conduct, which include at least one act of sexual intercourse, oral sexual conduct, anal sexual conduct or aggravated sexual contact, with a child less than thirteen years old” over a period of time not less than three months. If these accusations are true, then that means Jelani reportedly sexually assaulted this alleged 12-year-old victim more than once and over a period of months.
Jelani was actually in the news recently, for happier reasons. He married his longtime girlfriend, Jacqueline Robinson, on Aug. 22. Nicki, of course, attended the wedding of her brother, reports E! News. She reportedly paid $30,000 for the extravagant affair at the Coral House in Baldwin, New York.
I would cross the ocean for u. I would go & bring u the moon. Promise u. For u I will. 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.
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During the event, Nicki posted an emotional Instagram, saying, “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.”
There are few details about the case at this time. We will continue to update the story with any new information as soon as it becomes available.