Nicki Minaj’s Brother Charged With Rape
Nicki Minaj's brother, Jelani Maraj, has been charged with raping a 12-year-old girl. According to Newsday, Maraj, 37, was arraigned yesterday (Dec. 3) on first-degree rape for assaulting a child. This morning (Dec. 4), Maraj was let out of Nassau County jail in East Meadow on a $100,000 bond. The district attorney has not revealed any information regarding the details of the case against the rap star's brother.
This past summer, Jelani Maraj married Jacqueline Robinson at the Coral House on Milburn Lake in Baldwin, N.Y. Minaj shared her love for her brother via Instagram following the celebration, writing, “I would cross the ocean for [you],” in the caption of a picture of herself and the groom.
Although her family may be going through it at the moment, Nicki Minaj has recently been praised for her contributions to hip-hop. Queen Latifah called the Queen of Barbz "an inspiration to women everywhere" for her strength and commitment to speaking her mind. Time also nominated Onika for their Person of the Year honor. Regarding her nomination, the publication said she, “Broke out as one of the entertainment world’s most outspoken voice on issues of race, gender and sexuality, and mad waves with a headline-grabbing MTV Video Music Awards appearance and third world tour."
XXL will update this story as it progresses.