Nicki Minaj's brother convicted of raping his stepdaughter

Nicki Minaj's brother convicted of raping his stepdaughter

Nicki Minaj's brother convicted of raping his stepdaughter

Nicki Minaj did not attend court during the trial, but she reportedly foot her brother's legal bill.

Jelani Miraj was convicted after being charged with repeatedly raping his then-11-year-old stepdaughter at his home in Long Island.

Carol Maraj testified her son's then-wife made a comment she perceived as an extortion threat while driving her to court following her son's arrest on December 1, 2015.

His trial kicked off at Nassau County Supreme Court in Long Island on 19 October (17), when his attorney David Schwartz accused the child's mother, Jelani's estranged wife Jacqueline Robinson, of setting him up as part of a $25 million (£19 million) extortion plot, just four months after they Wednesday.

The girl said that Maraj would call her "puppet" and told her that she had no say in what happens to her.

Nicki has not commented on the charges against her brother.

The case was handed to the jury, made up of eight men and four women, on Wednesday (08Nov17).

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The 38-year-old, who has been out on bond, was immediately taken into custody and held without bail.

The prosecutor told the jurors it will be up to them to determine whether the testimony of the two children was credible.

Maraj was stoic as the verdict was read, Brosh says.

During the trial, Maraj's lawyer claimed the child's mother, Jelani's estranged wife Jacqueline Robinson, set him up as part of a $25 million extortion plot, just four months after they Wednesday. He, however, added that the girl's mother was unaware of the demand. Civil attorney James R. Ray III briefly represented the mother and testified that he did demand $25 million from Maraj after he was arrested.

Maraj's ex-wife and the mother the victim testified that her daughter oddly became "distant", but made no objections when she married Maraj in August 2015. She later fired Ray as her attorney. He'll be sentenced on December 14. Maraj allegedly perpetrated the attack on the girl in Baldwin, New York. And Jelani Maraj did not testify in his own defense.

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