Though Nicki Minaj had a ton of love for her older brother Jelani Maraj in previous years, it’s getting harder and harder for her to defend him now that he’s been accused of doing the unthinkable. Apparently, she won’t even take the stand to testify as a defense witness, even though there were reports that she would be there for him all the way.
However, someone else very close to the situation did take the stand to testify that Jelani is a real-life monster.
Warning: the details of this case are not for the faint of heart.
Jelani Maraj was accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl who was the child of his wife. Now that his trial is underway in Long Island, a steady flow of horrifying details are spilling out. The defense has tried to get the case dismissed by claiming that Jelani’s estranged wife Jacqueline Robinson fabricated the allegations in an effort to extort money from Nicki’s fortune.
Jelani’s lawyers have alleged that Jacqueline “brainwashed” her kids into testifying against Jelani, and that she asked Nicki for $25 million to make the case “go away.” The jurors aren’t buying it. Nicki did pay for her brother’s elaborate wedding and posted his $100,000 bail after he was arrested in December 2015, but she has remained silent on the case since.
That defense isn’t looking very strong as the case moves forward. In fact,
according to Page Six, DNA expert Erika Ziemak testified that there was a less than 1-in-348 billion chance that the sperm found on the girl’s pajamas wasn’t his. Another report from Page Six reveals that Medical examiner Dr. Aaron Miller testified that the girl had a “tear from penetration.” He added: “I can say with a reasonable degree of certainty that [the girl’s] medical exam can prove penetration.”
Now that the physical evidence has been laid out, the witness testimonies are beginning. It’s never easy to see a child take the stand, no matter the charges. Even more difficult, though, is seeing a child take the stand to serve as a witness to violent abuse.
Jelani’s estranged stepson took the stand to testify about what he saw and heard Jelani do in their home two years prior. His story is harrowing, to say the least.
On Monday, October 23, the boy said that he was looking for his then 11-year-old sister and, instead, discovered Jelani with his underwear “close to his knees” with his sister in the basement bedroom. According to a report by Page Six, he said, “I thought it wasn’t right. It looked weird to me, so I ran upstairs.” Jelani later confronted the boy and slapped him in the face several times. He continued, “He asked me if I had seen anything. I said, ‘Yes.’ Jelani said I wouldn’t see her again if I told on him. His face was kind of mad.”
The child also testified that he heard the door to his sister’s bedroom open and close late at night and the bed would creak rhythmically. The prosecution has claimed that Jelani forced himself upon the girl many times a week for about eight months.
If Jelani is convicted on the charges (which include predatory sexual assault against a child, sexual conduct against a child, felony sexual conduct against a child under 13 years old, and endangering the welfare of a child), he could be sentenced to 15-years-to-life in prison.
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