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NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 16: (L-R) Micaiah Maraj, Carol Maraj and Jelani Maraj attend 2015 Dress For Success Something To Share Gala at Grand Hyatt New York on April 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Chance Yeh/Getty Images)

Jacqueline Robinson Cross Examined In Daughter’s Rape Case Against Ex-Jelani Maraj

Nicki Minaj’s brother’s defense team challenged the rapper’s sister-in-law on the witness stand about whether she’d coached her kids into framing her ex Jelani Maraj for rape.

“Did you feel that when you were driving (to see social workers) that you needed to rehearse with the children what they were going to say?” Maraj’s layer David Schwartz asked Jacqueline Robinson Thursday inside Nassau Criminal Court.

“No,” she responded.

“Did you tell them that this would be a perfect time to shake down his multimillion-dollar sister?” Schwartz questioned.

“No,” the mom said.

Maraj’s lawyer also spent Thursday morning trying to poke holes in Robinson’s story about how she found out about her daughter’s alleged rape and suggested that she could have planted Maraj’s semen in the crotch area of her child’s pajama pants when she was waiting for the family to come home in order to visit Child Protective Services.

“You were home, completely alone,” Schwartz asked Robinson. “No one was in the house, right?”

“Yes,” Robinson answered.

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Some of the questions visibly rattled Robinson, and one point when Schwartz asked her about whether she knew if her daughter was wearing the same maxi pad the day after she said she Maraj last assaulted her, she dissolved into tears. The judge then called a brief recess.

Robinson’s daughter, then 11, told police that Maraj, her stepfather, had repeatedly raped her over eight months in 2015 after his relationship with her mother went bad. However, Schwartz said Robinson and her family targeted the man in order to blackmail Nicki Minaj for $25 million.

He is now fighting a felony charge of predatory assault on a child, and could get life in state prison if he’s convicted.

Back on the witness stand, Robinson testified that it didn’t seem like her son or daughter were having trouble with Maraj the day before his arrest on Dec. 1, 2015.

“You were having big problems with Jelani right? You were in the process of getting rid of Jelani, right?” Schwartz asked before the prosecution objected.

The trial continues.


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