Nicki Minaj’s Mom Takes The Stand In Son’s Child Rape Case; Prosecutors Question Her Credibility
Nicki Minaj’s mother testified that her then daughter-in-law told her it “would take a lot of money” to settle her daughter’s rape claims against her son Jelani Maraj.
Carol Maraj took the stand in defense of her son Thursday, who is on trial for allegedly raping his 11-year-old stepdaughter. Maraj said that Jelani’s now ex-wife Jacqueline Robinson attempted to extort her over the rape allegations as they drove to Jelani’s arraignment.
“She said to me ‘it’s gonna take lots of money to get out of this one,’” Maraj said Robinson told her.
Maraj told the jury she tried to put the remark out of her mind, but during cross-examinations, prosecutor Jared Rosenblatt asked her why none of the text messages between the two after cops arrested Jelani mention a blackmail plot. Rosenblatt also asked her why she instead texted Robinson about not talking to the press and retrieving Jelani’s clothes and medicine.
“That’s because I didn’t want to entertain that,” Maraj said.
“You never said, ‘why’d you extort me for $25 million?’” Rosenblatt asked Mama Maraj.
“I didn’t want to entertain that,” responded Maraj, who wore a black pantsuit, gold blouse and black suede heels to testify.
Rosenblatt also questioned why Mama Maraj didn’t tell her son’s lawyer about Robinson’s alleged shakedown or mention it in a letter to the judge where she begged him to have mercy on Jelani.
“I had no fear about that,” she said. “I was not afraid, I am a Christian, and I believe in God. I am not afraid.”’