Nicki Minaj Posts Bail for Brother Charged With Rape
Nicki Minaj reportedly posted bail for her older brother, Jelani Maraj. Jelani was charged for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl. According to Page Six, Minaj paid $100,000 to allow him to be freed from custody in Nassau County. The bond is backed by two homes that are owned by Minaj in Baldwin. One of the homes was used by Nicki's brother, while the other is used by her mother.
Minaj is responsible for paying fees associated with securing the the bond. That's 6 percent to 10 percent of the bond amount, which equals to $6,000 to $10,000. “She was prepared to do anything for her brother,” a source said of Minaj.
Nassau prosecutors originally asked for $500,000 in order to bail Jelani out. The YMCMB superstar was more than willing to pay that amount, even offering a letter of credit from a California bank account worth in excess of $2 million. Maraj, 37, was arraigned Friday (Dec. 3) on first-degree rape for assaulting a child
Outside of Minaj's recent family trouble, the rap star has been praised for her contributions to hip-hop. Queen Latifah called the Nicki “an inspiration to women everywhere” and Time also nominated Onika for their Person of the Year honor. She is also stars in Barbershop 3: The Next Cut along with Ice Cube, Nicki Minaj, Eve, Common, Cedric the Entertainer, Deon Cole, Regina Hall, Michael Rainey Jr., Anthony Anderson and more. Also if you haven't saw Nicki's stellar of Maya Angelou’s seminal 1978 poem “Still I Rise,” at the Shining A Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America, watch that here.