Nicki Minaj’s Brother Jelani Pleads Not Guilty To Child Rape After Allegedly Sexually Assaulting 12-Year-Old

- By Bossip Staff

Nicki Minaj and Jelani Maraj

Nicki Minaj’s Brother Jelani Pleads Not Guilty To Child Rape

We EXCLUSIVELY reported this week that a grand jury indicted Nicki Minaj’s brother on charges that he repeatedly raped a 12-year-old girl.

The grand jury decided that there was enough evidence to charge newlywed Maraj – Nicki Minaj’s oldest brother and her employee – with sexually abusing the tween girl. They’d deliberated for about a month before handing down the decision April 4, according to court records.

Maraj, 37, is facing a top charge of felony predatory sexual assault against a child, along with felony sexual conduct against a child under age 13, sexual conduct against a child and endangering the welfare of a child.

Now according to Pitchfork reports, Nicki’s brother has plead not guilty to the charges:

Maraj pleaded not guilty, and his next court appearance is set for May 26, records show.

Maraj has appeared in his sister’s lyrics. On “I’m the Best,” from 2010’s Pink Friday, Minaj names him and her younger brother as the reasons “why I grind like I do.” On “All Things Go,” from 2014’s The Pinkprint, she raps, “And I know Jelani will always love me, and I’ll always love him.”

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Jelani is facing 15 years to life imprisonment for the charges.

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