Rapper Nicki Minaj’s older brother has been accused of raping a child younger than 13 several times between April and November.
Jelani Maraj, 37-years-old and a resident 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 reported. He was originally arrested on Tuesday but suffered an unknown medical condition that called for him being arraigned two days later at Nassau University Medical Center.
At this time it’s unknown if he has entered a plea or not, but he was released on $100,000 bail. His New York City attorney hasn’t been available for comment.
Investigators wrote in court documents that the victim was 13 years younger than Maraj, and Maraj raped the child various times. Some of the details in the court documents were blacked out by a judge.
Nicki, who was raised in nearby Queens and will be turning 33 next week, attended her brother’s wedding last summer on Long Island, according to many media reports. She could not be reached for comment.
Stay tuned as this story develops.