Nicki Mi­naj’s brother con­victed of rap­ing a child

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL -

Je­lani Maraj, the brother of rap­per Nicki Mi­naj, has been found guilty of preda­tory sex­ual as­sault.

Maraj, 38, was on trial for rap­ing an 11-year-old girl on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions at his Long Is­land home. He was charged with the crime in 2015 and found guilty at Nas­sau County court, New York, this week. Maraj faces the po­ten­tial of 25 years to life in prison.

Nei­ther Maraj nor his sis­ter, whose birth name is Onika Tanya Maraj, tes­ti­fied in the trial. The child, now 14, and her younger brother tes­ti­fied. The de­fence lawyer claimed the al­le­ga­tions were fab­ri­cated by the child’s mother in or­der to ex­tort $25m (£19m) from Nicki Mi­naj.

James R Ray III, a civil at­tor­ney who briefly rep­re­sented the mother, tes­ti­fied that he did de­mand a $25m le­gal set­tle­ment from Je­lani Maraj af­ter he had been ar­rested, but said the girl’s mother was un­aware of the de­mand.

“She was never in­volved as far as what we did,” Ray III tes­ti­fied. The woman later fired him as her at­tor­ney.

Maraj is set to be sen­tenced on 14 De­cem­ber. His lawyer has said he will ap­peal the judg­ment.

Je­lani Mi­raj was this month found guilty of rape.

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