Nicki Minaj's brother charged with raping 12-year-old on Long Island
The recently married older brother of pop singer Nicki Minaj was charged on Long Island with raping a reported 12-year-old child, sources told the Daily News.
Jelani Maraj, 37, was arraigned Thursday on a first-degree rape charge and freed from a Nassau County jail on $100,000 bail.
"The victim was someone he had access to," a source said.
Details about the incident, which was first reported by Newsday, including when it occurred, were not immediately available.
Minaj, the Jamaica, Queens-bred startlet who rose to fame with hits like “Anaconda,” divvied up about $30,000 for her brother’s wedding with bride Jacqueline Robinson in late August at the Coral house in Baldwin, N.Y.
The 37-year-old has reportedly been charged with raping a 12-year-old. CHANCE YEH/GETTY IMAGES The 37-year-old has reportedly been charged with raping a 12-year-old. “Can't believe I cried during his wedding and his first dance like a punk,” Minaj wrote on Instagram at the time, next to a photo of her standing alongside her brother.
“May God bless him and his union,” she added. “Tonight has been one of my favorite nights of all time. I do anything to see my brothers smile.”
Minaj, 32, took home the American Music Awards’ rap/hip-hop artist of the year prize in October and has been hailed as one of the most influential female rappers of all time.