Nicki Minaj’s brother, Jelani Maraj, was found guilty last November of predatory sexual assault and acting in a manner injurious to his former stepdaughter when she was 11 years old. According to a report from Page Six, his sentencing has been pushed back, after his lawyer petitioned to have Maraj’s child rape case thrown out.
If his case stands, Maraj could face life in prison after his sentencing, which was originally scheduled for December 14 before a series of subsequent delays. Nassau County Supreme Court Judge Robert McDonald has yet to reach a decision on the petition.
The trial included some incredibly graphic, disturbing testimonies from the victim, now 14, and her 10-year-old brother. The victim testified that Maraj initially treated her as if she was his daughter, but eventually came to call her “his puppet” and threatened to punish her if she didn’t keep the abuse a secret. Her brother testified that he walked into a bedroom and saw Maraj raping his sister.
Meanwhile, the defense accused the victim’s mother of beating her child in an attempt to fake the accounts of sexual assault, along with extorting Maraj and Minaj’s mother, Carol Maraj. Nicki Minaj did not testify during the trial, contrary to early reports which suggested that she would be “the crux of the case.”
We will update this story as it progresses.