ByKarly Rayner, writer at
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Karly Rayner

Nicki Minaj’s 37-year-old brother, Jelani Maraj, has been charged with raping a 12-year-old child on Long Island, according to multiple press reports.

According to News Daily, online court and jail records state Maraj was arrested on the charges of first-degree rape and first-degree sexual conduct against a child. An anonymous source close to the case has provided information about the age of the child and claims that "the victim was someone he had access to."

Jelani pictured far right.
Jelani pictured far right.

Jelani and his sister Nicki are close and the rapper and pop singer gave her big bro $30,000 dollars for his wedding to Jacqueline Robinson just a few months ago in late August.

After an emotive ceremony, Minaj gushed about her eldest sibling in the following Instagram caption:

"I would cross the ocean for [Jelani]. 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 brother smile."

Jelani (left) with Micaiah and Nicki
Jelani (left) with Micaiah and Nicki

I can't even imagine how devastated Nicki and her family are that Jelani has been arrested for such a heinous crime and I hope they can find strength in each other during this difficult time.

If you, or somebody you care about has been impacted by sexual assault, don't suffer in silence. Call RAINN on 800.656.HOPE for confidential, judgment-free support. You are not alone.

(Source: TMZ via Newsday)


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