For the Love of Money
While Nicki Minaj ditched XXL‘s Freshmen 10, the publication still put her on the cover of their 20th anniversary issue. Minaj, who was once just a regular girl from Queens, has won six American Music Awards, 10 BET awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, and even, three MTV Europe Music Awards.
In XXL‘s special edition interview, the Play Time Is Over rapper said:
“My role in hip hop has been super unique because when my first album (Pink Friday 2010) came out, there had been so much time where there wasn’t a female rap album out that went platinum. There wasn’t a big female rap presence right before I got in. So, my role was really reintroducing the female rapper to pop culture.”
However, fame doesn’t keep the troubles away. In 2015, mere months after his wedding, Nicki’s older brother Jelani Maraj was accused and arrested on charges of sexual assault of a minor. With the trial moving forward, Minaj has been called to the stand to defend her brother.
Sleeping With the Enemy
When Nicki Minaj’s brother tied the knot at the Coral House in Baldwin, New York, it didn’t make many waves. Afterwards, though? The marriage had everyone’s attention.
Jacqueline Robinson and the “Anaconda” singer’s brother had just married when Jelani Maraj was accused of sexually assaulting his step-daughter, then 11-years-old, three to four times a week. According to prosecutors, the young girl was able to describe the events in “graphic detail.”
When the story first broke in late 2015, the initial reports said that the child’s younger brother reported abuse in the home first. Assistant District Attorney Emma Slane claimed that Robinson’s son, who was eight-years-old at the time, said Maraj beat him after he walked in on Maraj sexually assaulting his sister.
Jelani and the child’s mother Jacqueline Robinson had been married less than six months before the reports surfaced. The mother-of-two claims to have been unaware of the events going on in her home for about eight months.
“… From about April 1, 2015 until November 30, 2015, the defendant, Jelani Maraj, engaged in a course of sexual conduct against a child,” reads Maraj’s initial felony complaint. “He engaged in these acts with the victim, while knowing (she) was less than 13 years old.”
In August of 2016, just before what would have been the couple’s first anniversary as husband and wife, Robinson filed for divorce.
Issa famous sister
While The Pinkprint artist is staying quiet about the accusations against her brother, she did post his $100,000 bond.
As previously reported, the local district attorney’s office said to have found Maraj’s DNA on the minor, solidifying her claims that she was abused. The D.A. did offer Maraj a 15-year-to-life plea deal, but he did not take it.
Instead he and his superstar sister are teaming together to fight the allegations in court. The “No Frauds” artist will head to the stand to tell jurors that not only is her brother innocent, but this whole case is a ploy for money.
If her marriage to Maraj was all a scheme to get some of Nicki’s millions, she messed up when she went to the “Beez in the Trap” rapper herself. Nicki Minaj claimed Jacqueline Robinson offered to drop the charges if Nicki handed over $25 million.
While the prosecutors are admit that Maraj is guilty of all charges, the defense appealed to the jurors, saying, “Why would [Robinson] lie and force her children to lie? I can give you 25 million reasons why.”
“An evil Jackie targeted him,” the lawyer added, “trying to get him to marry her, and then just four months after they were married, we have this.”
More details of the case will surface once the trail resumes Friday, Oct. 27. Until then, let us know what you think about the situation so far in the comments, and SHARE this story!