Nicki Minaj's brother found guilty in child sex assault case

Nicki Minaj's brother found guilty in child sex assault case

Nicki Minaj's older brother Jelani Maraj has been convicted of predatory sexual assault of a child younger than 13 years old, it has been confirmed.

Maraj, 38, was on trial for raping an 11-year-old girl on multiple occasions at his Long Island home.

The defendant's mother, Carol Maraj, 57, of Old Westbury, testified the alleged victim's mother, who was then her daughter-in-law, made the comment she perceived as an extortion threat while driving her to a Hempstead court so she could try to see her son after his December 1, 2015, arrest.

The girl, who is now 14-years-old, testified that her stepfather at the time, Maraj, repeatedly sexually assaulted her between April and November of 2015 while her mother was at work.

As People shares, he faces 25 years to life behind bars.

Maraj's attorney in the case, David Schwartz, has not yet responded to the verdict, so it is not yet known whether his client intends to launch an appeal.

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The victim's younger brother allegedly discovered the abuse, walking in while Maraj was assaulting the girl.

Maraj was arrested December 1, 2015, on charges of predatory assault, second-degree course of sexual conduct and a misdemeanor charge of acting in a manner likely to injure a child. He said Maraj confronted him a short time later, slapping him several times across the face and telling him he would never see his mother again if he told anyone what he had witnessed. "The amount of evidence we have that wasn't allowed in this case is unbelievable".

In her testimony, Maraj's former wife denied an extortion plot and denied forcing her children to go along with a made-up tale of abuse. One juror told reporters that the young girl's testimony was hard to listen to.

"She was never involved as far as what we did", Ray III testified. A scientist testified the DNA was a 1 in 291 billion match to Maraj. The woman later fired him as her attorney.

After the jurors delivered the sentence, Maraj was taken back to jail as his $100,000 bail was revoked.

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