Nicki Minaj’s older brother has been accused of raping a child younger than 13 several times between April and November.
Jelani Maraj, 37, of Baldwin, was arraigned Thursday in a Long Island hospital on charges of first-degree rape and first-degree sexual conduct against a child, a Nassau County court official said. He was arrested on Tuesday but suffered an unknown medical condition that required him to be arraigned two days later at Nassau University Medical Center.
It was not immediately clear if Maraj entered a plea, but he was released on $100,000 bail. His New York City attorney did not return repeated telephone calls seeking comment on Friday. He’s scheduled to be back in court on Dec. 9.
Back in August, Minaj, 32, reportedly footed the $30,000 wedding bill for Maraj and his longtime girlfriend, Jacqueline Robinson. The couple tied the knot at the Coral House on Milburn Lake in Baldwin, N.Y.
“Jelani, I love u more than you’ll ever comprehend,” Nicki captioned an Instagram photo of the siblings at the time. (She pays tribute to him in her song “All Things Go” off her third studio album, The Pinkprint.)
“I would cross the ocean for u. I would go & bring u the moon. Promise u. For u I will. I love my brother so much man,” she continued. “Can’t believe I cried during his wedding and his first dance like a punk. May God bless him and his union. Tonight has been one of my favorite nights of all time. I do anything to see my brother smile.”
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