Nicki Minaj's brother found guilty of raping 11-year-old stepdaughter



But by the tail end of 2015, Jelani had been charged with raping his then-11-year-old stepdaughter.

Jelani Maraj, the brother of rapper Nicki Minaj, was convicted of predatory sexual assault by the Nassau County on Thursday, according to a report from AP. A stoic Maraj showed zero emotion as he was convicted of predatory sexual assault against a child and endangering the welfare of a child. The boy said that Maraj threatened him as well.

The accuser, now 14, girl testified that Maraj, 38, anally raped her at one point, slapped her in the face and ordered her to remain mute about his actions.

After Maraj became aware of the little boy witnessing the incident, he attempted to scare him away from telling his mother by slapping him in the face. Additionally, Maraj's brother who is now 10-years-old said he saw Maraj's "private parts" touching his sister.

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"We hope that today's verdict will help the family in the healing process and that it will close this awful chapter in their lives", she added.

Semen found on the victim's pajamas was crucial evidence. "What (the victim) went through all that time", Juror Arthur Naclerio, 67, said.

'It's about money and it's about revenge, ' Schwartz said. "The amount of evidence we have that wasn't allowed in this case is unbelievable".

Maraj's mother, Carol Maraj, declined to comment while leaving court. However, her loyal fan base is rallying behind her during this hard time.

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"She was never involved as far as what we did", he testified.

The assaults reportedly began in April 2015, about four months before Maraj married the children's mother.

The prosecutor told the jurors it will be up to them to determine whether the testimony of the two children was credible. A scientist testified the DNA was a 1 in 291 billion match to Maraj. Additionally, the defense said it might have been contaminated with different laundry. Maraj was arrested in December 2015 on multiple child rape charges.

She said Maraj's wife told her: "It's gonna take lots of money to get out of this one". Civil attorney James R. Ray III briefly represented the mother and testified that he did demand $25 million from Maraj after he was arrested. He said they were both partially unclothed.

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