Nicki Minaj's Brother Convicted Of Raping 11-Year-Old Stepdaughter

Jelani Maraj Nicki Minaj

Jelani Maraj Nicki Minaj

Maraj's defense attorney, David Schwartz, argued that Jacqueline Maraj, the mother of the victim who divorced Maraj a year ago, made-up the allegations in an effort to extort $25 million from Maraj's famous sister.

Jurors convicted Maraj, 38, of endangering the welfare of a child and predatory sexual assault on a child younger than 13, Nassau County District Attorney Spokesman Brendan Bosh told PEOPLE.

The girl, who is now 14, testified that Maraj raped and molested her up to four times a week, sometimes multiple times a day, when she and Maraj were home alone.

The prosecutors also said DNA evidence found on the girl's pyjama trousers was linked one-in-291 billion match with defendant Maraj.

He contended the rape allegations were concocted by the girl's mother as part of a scheme to get Nicki Minaj to pay the family $25 million in hush money, a claim prosecutors called absurd.

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Minaj has not spoken on the verdict.

According to TMZ, Nicki Minaj never testified during the trial, despite claims she would by her brother's defense team.

The first sexual assault occurred in April 2015, just fourth months before the girl's mother married Maraj in $30,000 celebration where Minaj picked up the tab, officials charged.

"Listening to what she went through all that time, and thinking that if it was a lie, how could she have kept it up that long at that age?" he said of her testimony, adding that she came across as smart and educated. I've never seen anything like it.

"The amount of evidence that we had that wasn't allowed in this case is unbelievable", the Garden City lawyer added.

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The Associated Press does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault, and is not identifying the girl's mother to protect her daughter's identity. If she refused his advances, he physically attacked her, she testified, according to Brosh.

But a prosecution witness testified that semen found on the accuser's pajama bottoms was a one-in-291 billion match with defendant Maraj.

But the defense told jurors the trousers were either cross-contaminated with other laundry, or the accuser's mother may have purposely rubbed Maraj's underwear on them.

James R. Ray III, the previous defence attorney in the case, was sacked for demanding $25 million from Maraj following his arrest to settle a potential lawsuit. She later fired Ray as her attorney.

After the jurors delivered the sentence, Maraj was taken back to jail as his $100,000 bail was revoked.

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