Jelani Maraj is on trial after his alleged tween victim testified that he raped her up to four times a week over a period of eight months in 2015 when his relationship with her mom went downhill. She testified that he called her his “puppet,” and told her he had no say in what he did to her.
However, Jelani Maraj said that he and his famous sibling Nicki Minaj were targeted by the alleged victim’s family in $25 million shakedown attempt over the rape allegations.
Rosenblatt also attacked Mama Maraj’s credibility when she said she was the CEO of a nonprofit that helps domestic violence victims. He asked the judge to question Maraj about IRS paperwork he said he found that showed her charity was in fact, a “sham” that barely turned a profit in the last few years and hadn’t filed taxes for 2016.
“She doesn’t work as a CEO of a foundation,” Rosenblatt said. “The foundation doesn’t exist.”
However, the judge later ruled not to allow him to introduce the nonprofit evidence, saying that it wasn’t relevant to the case.
The trial is set to continue Monday, and Maraj’s lawyer David Schwartz said outside of court that there was still a possibility that Nicki Minaj would take the stand.
“It’s been talked about, we’re just not sure about that right now,” Schwartz said.