Nicki Minaj’s brother Jelani Maraj insists the rape accusations against him are the result of an extortion attempt by his ex-wife. In contrast, a 10-year-old boy testified during the ongoing Nassau County rape trial that he witnessed Maraj engaged in inappropriate behavior with an underage girl.
Maraj is accused of having sex with his then 11-year-old stepdaughter. The 10-year-old boy is the brother of the alleged victim in the case.
“I saw [Maraj’s] underwear close to his knees,” said the boy about what he noticed in a basement bedroom in 2015. “I thought it wasn’t right. It looked weird to me so I ran upstairs.”
The boy, who was 8 at the time of the supposed incident, later testified that Maraj hit him in the face about 10 times after he admitted to seeing the alleged sexual acts. Maraj was also accused of threatening the child in order to prevent him from speaking about what he saw.
“Jelani said I wouldn’t see [my mother] again if I told on him,” said the boy. “His face was kind of mad.”
The boy also testified to hearing his sister’s bed creaking at night. In addition, prosecutors say Maraj’s DNA was found on the girl’s pajama pants, and they believe the pre-teen was raped by Jelani as often as four times a week.
Maraj’s defense attorneys argue Jacqueline Robinson, the defendant’s former wife and the alleged victim’s mother, concocted the rape assertions as a plot to extort $25 million from Nicki Minaj. The superstar rapper is expected to testify on her brother’s behalf.