Nicki Minaj’s Brother Jelani Maraj Charged With Rape of 12-Year-Old — Report
UPDATED (12/05/2015 at 10 a.m.):
Nicki Minaj has reportedly bailed her brother Jelani out of jail following his arrest for allegedly raping a middle schooler. The hip hop star paid the $100,000 bond to get her big bro out from behind bars.
The “Super Bass” rapper leveraged two homes — her brother’s and her mom Carol’s — to front the bond, the NY Post reports.
Heading to my TV auditions. I've found some really amazing people. Still looking for the right woman to play my mother. Can't wait to share.NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) December 2, 2015
The celebrity sibling, 37, made headlines yesterday, December 4, for allegedly sexually assaulting a 12-year-old. The Long Island, New York resident is facing charges for first-degree rape and first-degree sexual conduct with a child.
Both crimes are felonies.
Jelani was married just this past August in a wedding his sister allegedly spent $40,000 on.
ORIGINAL (12/04/2015 at 9:40 a.m):
Jelani Maraj, older brother of Nicki Minaj, has reportedly been charged with raping a child.
The 37-year-old (seen below on the right, alongside mother Carol and brother Macaiah) was arraigned on December 3 on charges of first-degree rape and first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child.
A source tells Newsday the alleged victim is 12 years old.
The Nassau district attorney’s office declined to comment on details of the case but did say bail had been set at $100,000.
Authorities at Nassau County Correctional Center tell Newsday Jelani was released on bail the same day he was arraigned.
The Baldwin, New York, resident just married girlfriend Jacqueline Robinson on August 22.
Nicki, who wore a red Alexander McQueen creation to the wedding, paid for the whole 200-guest affair.
At the time, Nicki wrote, “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.
“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 brothers smile.”
Nicki has yet to comment on the matter. More details as this story develops...