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Nicki Minaj's Brother, Jelani Maraj, Found Guilty of Child Rape

Nicki Minaj's Brother, Jelani Maraj, Found Guilty of Child Rape

He faces 25 years to life behind bars when he is sentenced next month.

The brother of platinum-selling rapper Nicki Minaj was convicted Thursday of repeatedly raping his 11-year-old stepdaughter in their Long Island home. The defence lawyer claimed the allegations were fabricated by the child's mother in order to extort $25m (£19m) from Nicki Minaj.

Assistant District Attorney Emma Slane dismissed these claims as "absolute absurdity".

According to The New York Daily News' reportage of the case, the girl told the court that in one incident of brutal abuse Maraj anally raped her, and he would use physical and verbal threats to keep her quiet. In addition, a forensic expert called by prosecutors confirmed that a stain on the girl's pajama trousers matched Maraj's DNA profile.

Despite much speculation and rumor, Queens native Nicki Minaj was not called as a witness for her brother. The prosecutor told the jurors it would be up to them to determine whether the testimony of the two children was credible.

The girl's brother, who was just 8 years old at the time, testified he saw Maraj's "private parts" touching his sister.

"It's all about money and it's all about revenge", Schwartz reportedly told the jury. The mother denied the accusation.

James R. Ray III, a civil attorney who briefly represented the mother, testified that he did demand $25 million from Maraj to settle a potential lawsuit. Maraj would molest the girl when her mother (his then-wife) would go to work. But social media is torn up about how media continues to involve Nicki Minaj in the news.

Minaj has never commented publicly on the charges against Maraj, and a rep for her did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment. Forbes said she was No. 16 in earnings among rappers in 2017 with $16 million. Ms. Minaj has been nominated for a Grammy award 10 times and won six American Music Awards.

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