Nicki Minaj got very bad news. Her brother was found guilty of raping his stepdaughter.
Jelani Maraj, the 38-year-old brother of rapper Nicki Minaj, was found guilty Thursday of predatory sexual assault on a child younger than 13 years old.
Maraj’s lawyer say they will appeal the verdict, however the charge carries a potential 25 year prison sentence. While neither Maraj or the Pinkprint artist testified, the victim, who is now 14, did testify and say she was repeatedly assaulted for the better part of 2015 inside Maraj’s Baldwin home.
Prosecutors say DNA evidence found inside the home support the claims, and the victim’s brother also testified he witnessed the assault. Maraj’s lawyer say the rape allegations were created by the victim’s mother who demanded $25 million from the rapper as a means of keeping her daughter quiet.