Published: Sat, November 11, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Reactions Pour In After Nicki Minaj's Brother Found Guilty of Child Rape

Reactions Pour In After Nicki Minaj's Brother Found Guilty of Child Rape

Nicki Minaj's brother has been found guilty of sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl he considered "a daughter".

But by the tail end of 2015, Jelani had been charged with raping his then-11-year-old stepdaughter.

Jurors convicted Maraj, 38, of endangering the welfare of a child and predatory sexual assault on a child younger than 13, Nassau County District Attorney Spokesman Brendan Bosh told PEOPLE.

According to CBS News, Maraj's attorney said he will appeal, as he believes the sexual assault allegations were a ploy by Maraj's now ex-wife, Jacqueline Robinson, who allegedly wanted to extort him for $25 million to keep quiet.

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He was arrested in connection with the case back in December 2015.

Maraj faces 25 years to life in prison. Maraj, 38, sat in court stoned face as the verdict was read out. He is now in Nassau County Jail and is set to be sentenced next month.

Prosecutors said DNA evidence recovered from the girl's pajama trousers was linked to Maraj.

Juror Arthur Naclerio, 67, of Massapequa, said the victim's testimony was the most convincing piece of evidence. The Associated Press reported a jury found Maraj guilty of predatory sexual assault November 9 following deliberations.

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Maraj said to the little boy that if he told anybody, he would never see his mother again. One juror told reporters that the young girl's testimony was hard to listen to. The victim, 14, and her brother, 10, both testified in court.

Maraj's ex-wife vehemently denied this allegation.

But a prosecution witness testified that semen found on the victim's pyjama bottoms was a 1-291 billion match with defendant Maraj.

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A Manhattan civil attorney also testified under a defense subpoena that he demanded $25 million from Maraj's prior defense firm in March 2016 to resolve the civil side of the case after the mother of the accuser hired him to seek damages.

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