Nicki Minaj’s brother, Jelani Maraj, has emerged for the first time since being charged with repeatedly raping a minor. See the photos here.
Jelani Maraj, 37, was photographed on Dec. 9, as he arrived in court in Mineola, New York for a preliminary hearing, following charges that he repeatedly raped a 12-year-old. The brother of Nicki Minaj, 33, Jelani has kept a very low profile since news of the charges first broke on Dec. 3. See the pictures inside.
Jelani looked quite somber as he approached the Nassau County Courthouse. Wearing a navy blue suit with a white button down shirt, he was accompanied by his mother, Carol, and his lawyer, Andrea Zellan. Nicki, though, was not present. See the photos of Jelani HERE.
Jelani was arraigned on Dec. 4, following charges of first-degree rape and first-degree course of sexual conduct with a minor, according to reports. Jelani reportedly “had access to” the alleged victim, who is 12 years old, according to the New York Daily News. Each of the two crimes could both be punishable with nine to 25 years in prison.
“Mr Maraj’s bail was set at $100,000,” a spokesperson for the District Attorney’s office told
Nicki has not yet spoken out publicly about the charges her brother is facing, however, a source revealed EXCLUSIVELY to HollywoodLife that she is extremely upset. “Nicki’s at a loss for words at her brother’s situation,” an insider explained. “Her heart has dropped. She loves her brother terribly and is hoping these charges will be proven false.”