Nicki Minaj's brother is now a convicted rapist

Nicki Minaj's brother convicted of raping stepdaughter in Long Island

The girl, now 14, testified that her then-stepfather Maraj repeatedly sexually assaulted her between April and November 2015 while her mother was at work. His lawyer has said he will appeal the judgment. Maraj was married to the child's mother at the time.

A defense lawyer claimed that the girl's mother created a "shakedown".

James R. Ray III, a civil attorney who briefly represented the mother, testified that he did demand $25 million from Maraj to settle a potential lawsuit. But, he added, that the mother was unaware of that.

Defence attorney David Schwartz, in his closing argument, accused Mr Maraj's now ex-wife of planting the DNA, New York Daily News reported.

Jelani Maraj was found guilty of raping an 11-year-old girl on multiple occasions.

As People shares, he faces 25 years to life behind bars.

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According to reports, the girl, now 14, testified Maraj would call her "his puppet" and told her she "wanted it to happen".

Prosecutors said DNA evidence recovered from the girl's pyjama trousers was linked to Maraj with a 1-291 billion match. A relative also testified to witnessing an assault.

The defense had also claimed during the month-long trial that the allegations had been created to extort $25 million from the man's famous sister; they also had to walk back a claim that Minaj would testify on her brother's behalf. Minaj is four years younger than her brother and the two grew up with their mom, Carol Maraj, and another sibling in Queens, NY.

The verdict in the trial of Jelani Maraj capped a sordid three-week Nassau County Court prosecution rife with horrific testimony from the shaken accuser about the unrelenting abuse.

Jelani Maraj was first charged with child rape in December 2015. Minaj posted a photo of the wedding on Instagram, writing in the caption she "would cross the ocean" for her Maraj. She is yet to publicly address the conviction.

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