Jurors on Thursday convicted rapper Nicki Minaj's brother of sexually assaulting his former stepdaughter in a Baldwin home, after a monthlong trial in which the defense claimed the allegations were invented to try to extort $25 million from the man's famous sister.
The Long Island newspaper, Newsday, reported that Maraj, 38, was convicted of a felony charge of predatory sexual assault on a child and endangering her welfare. The first allegation of the sexual abuse came just four months after the couple got married and the victim was just 11 years old at the time. He faces 25 years to life in prison for what DNA evidence has supported happened to the now 14-year-old girl. When he said "yes", Maraj repeatedly slapped him in the face and threatened that he would never see his mother again if he told, the boy testified. He is now being held at the Nassau County Jail until his upcoming sentencing. The Associated Press reported a jury found Maraj guilty of predatory sexual assault November 9 following deliberations. The girl testified that Maraj treated her as his own daughter before he began raping her. Maraj, the boy said, told him to stay silent or he would be taken from his mother, says Brosh. "The amount of evidence we have that wasn't allowed in this case is unbelievable". One juror told reporters that the young girl's testimony was hard to listen to. Maraj would molest the girl when her mother (his then-wife) would go to work.
A scientist stated that a stain on a pair of the pajamas belonging to the young girl was a 1 in 291 billion matches to Maraj. Initial reports claimed she would testify in her brother's defense, but she ended up not doing so.More news: Items May Be Cheaper After GST Council Meet Tomorrow: 10 Points
James R Ray III, a civil attorney who briefly represented the mother, testified that he did demand a $25m legal settlement from Jelani Maraj after he had been arrested, but said the girl's mother was unaware of the demand. He said they were both partially unclothed.
The judge set sentencing for December 14.