Jelani Maraj Charged With Raping Tween
Although she wasn’t in court with her brother as he fights child rape charges, Nicki Minaj was very much on the mind of at least one member of his defense team.
The “Starships” singer’s oldest brother was in Nassau County Court’s sex crimes division Monday waiting for his lawyers to finish a conference with the judge, and his private investigator Les Levine seemed preoccupied with how his famous sibling would take the latest revelations from the case.
The investigator said he’d heard Nicki was in New York, and offered to take her out to explain the ins and outs of the case, which appear not to be going Maraj’s way. Prosecutors recently offered Maraj a deal of 15 years to life after they found that his DNA matched semen found on his accuser’s clothes.
“We should have a cup of coffee, and I’ll explain things better than the lawyers can,” he told Maraj, though it wasn’t clear what his response was.
The rapper put the home she bought for her mother, Carol up as collateral for her brother’s bail, and is believed to be bankrolling his defense. She was not in the courtroom Monday.
Prosecutors said Maraj – who works for one of Nicki Minaj’s companies – raped the alleged victim over a period of eight months last year. Cops arrested him one day after the last alleged assault, according to court papers. Maraj has denied the charges, and in court papers, claimed the girl was having sex with an older guy, but just not him.
Maraj, 37, fidgeted in his seat and checked his phone while his lawyers met with the judge for the 40-minute conference. He had to sign some paperwork before his lawyer Benjamin Brafman told him he’d have to come back to court next month.
His other lawyer, Andrea Zellan, declined to comment.