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Nicki Minaj’s brother charged with raping child, 12


Updated: Friday, December 4, 2015, 9:53 AM

The recently married older brother of pop singer Nicki Minaj was charged on Long Island with raping a reported 12-year-old child, sources told the Daily News.

Jelani Maraj, 37, was arraigned Thursday on a first-degree rape charge and freed from a Nassau County jail on $ 100,000 bail.

“The victim was someone he had access to,” a source close to the case said.

Maraj is due back in court on Dec. 9.

Jelani Maraj, seen celebrate at his August wedding with sister Nicki Minaj,  has been arraigned on a first-degree rape chargeNicki Minaj/Instagram

Jelani Maraj, seen celebrate at his August wedding with sister Nicki Minaj,  has been arraigned on a first-degree rape charge


Details about the incident, which was first reported by Newsday, including when it occurred, were not immediately available.

Minaj, the Jamaica, Queens-bred startlet who rose to fame with hits like “Anaconda,” divvied up about $ 30,000 for her brother’s wedding with bride Jacqueline Robinson in late August at the Coral house in Baldwin, N.Y.

“Can’t believe I cried during his wedding and his first dance like a punk,” Minaj wrote on Instagram at the time, next to a photo of her standing alongside her brother.

“May God bless him and his union,” she added. “Tonight has been one of my favorite nights of all time. I do anything to see my brothers smile.”

Minaj, 32, took home the American Music Awards’ rap/hip-hop artist of the year prize in October and has been hailed as one of the most influential female rappers of all time.

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