Nicki Minaj’s brother has found himself in a WHOLE lot of trouble! Despite being the rapper’s older sibling, Jelani Maraj hasn’t exactly set the best example lately…because he was charged with raping a child. Get to know the 37-year-old here.
Things aren’t looking good for Nicki Minaj’s family right now. Her brother, Jelani Maraj, has been charged with raping a 12-year-old, but was able to get out of jail on $100,000 bail. Check out five things you need to know about Jelani right here.
1. He grew up in the Caribbean
Jelani and Nicki were born in Trinidad and Tobago, but their father had an addiction to drugs and alcohol, as well as a violent temper. So when he burned their house down in 1987, the siblings went to live with their grandmother in Saint James in their home country, while their mother headed to New York City. When Jelani was 10, he and Nicki went to live in Queens, New York with their mom.
2. He got married this year
The 37-year-old actually just tied the knot in August! He married longtime girlfriend Jacqueline Robinson at the Coral House in Baldwin, New York, and it was quite the extravagant affair.
3. He and Nicki are super close
The “Anaconda” rapper reportedly took care of the payment for her big brother’s nuptials, which cost $30,000! She looked gorgeous at the wedding in a skintight red dress, and, of course, took to Instagram to gush over how happy she was that her family member had found the love of his life.
4. His charges are definitely severe
Jelani was charged with first-degree rape and first-degree course of sexual conduct with a child, stemming from an April 1, 2015 incident. The victim is a 12-year-old — gender unknown — who he “had access to,” and the rapper’s brother is due back in court for sentencing on Dec. 9.
5. He faces major prison time
Although he was able to pay bail, there’s definitely trouble ahead for Jelani if he’s found guilty. The charges against him carry a sentence of between nine and 25 years in prison. So far, no word on a plea deal or what Jelani’s course of action will be in this case has been revealed.
HollywoodLifers, are you SHOCKED to hear this news about Nicki’s brother?!