Nicki Minaj’s older brother Jelani Maraj, 37, is charged with raping a 12-year-old child
- Jelani Maraj, 37, was reportedly arraigned Thursday on charges of first-degree rape and first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child
- Details about the alleged rape, such as the victim’s gender and date of the molestation, have not been revealed
- Maraj is the older brother of hip-hop superstar Nicki Minaj, 32
- She shelled out $30,000 for Jelani’s marriage in August to longtime girlfriend Jacqueline Robinson
- The couple lives in Baldwin, New York
Nicki Minaj’s 37-year-old brother Jelani Maraj (picture) has reportedly been charged with raping a 12-year-old child.
The older brother of rap superstar Nicki Minaj has been charged with raping a 12-year-old child.
Sources close to the case told Newsday that Jelani Maraj, 37, was arraigned Thursday in Nassau County, New York court on charges of first-degree rape and first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child. Both charges carry a sentence of nine to 25 years in prison.
Details about the alleged rape, such as the victim’s gender, or when and where the sexual assault happened, were not immediately revealed.
Maraj is the older brother of musician Nicki Minaj and was recently married to his longtime girlfriend Jacqueline Robinson in a $30,000 ceremony paid for by his famous younger sister.
‘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,’ Minaj captioned one of the photos.
‘Tonight has been one of my favorite nights of all time. I do anything to see my brothers smile.’
Maraj is currently free from Nassau County jail after posting $100,000 bail.
Daily Mail Online’s calls to the Nassau County District Attorney’s office were not immediately returned Friday morning.
In October, Minaj took home the awards for rap/hip-hop artist of the year and favorite rap/hip-hop album at the American Music Awards.
She was born in Trinidad, but grew up in New York City where she attended LaGuardia High School – the prestigious public performing arts academy that inspired the film Fame.