Jelani Maraj, the brother of rapper Nicki Minaj was convicted Thursday of predatory sexual assault after being charged with repeatedly raping an 11-year-old girl at his Long Island, New York home.
Jurors delivered their verdict on the second day of deliberations in Maraj’s trial. The charges carry the potential for 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 14, according to WPIX. Maraj, 38, was led away in handcuffs after bail was revoked following his conviction.
Maraj did not appear to react when the verdict was read in a Nassau County courtroom. His lawyer said he will appeal. He contended the rape allegations were concocted by the girl’s mother as part of a scheme to get Nicki Minaj to pay the family $25 million in hush money, a claim prosecutors called absurd. Continue reading