November 9, 2017
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A Long Island jury has convicted Nicki Minaj‘s 38-year-old brother, Jelani Maraj, of predatory sexual assault against a child and endangering the welfare of a child.
According to ABC News, “The girl is now 14. She testified she was repeatedly assaulted over eight months in 2015 at Maraj’s home in Baldwin. Prosecutors say DNA evidence supports the allegations. The girl’s younger brother testified that he witnessed one assault. Maraj’s lawyers said the rape allegations were concocted by the girl’s mother as part of a scheme to get Nicki Minaj to pay $25 million in hush money.”
— Jacqueline Maraj (@jackiermaraj) June 13, 2014
The child, who was 11 at the time of the alleged crime, was the daughter of Maraj’s then-wife Jacqueline Robinson, making her Maraj’s stepdaughter. US Weekly reports, “Prosecutors said DNA evidence supported the allegations. A scientist testified that a stain on a pair of the victim’s pajama pants contained semen that was a 1 in 291 billion match to Maraj.”
Maraj’s fate will be decided on December 14th. He faces 25 years to life in prison.