Nicki Minaj's brother convicted of raping 11-year-old girl

Nicki Minaj's brother convicted of raping 11-year-old girl

Nicki Minaj's brother convicted of raping 11-year-old girl

Nicki Minaj's brother, Jelani Maraj, was just convicted in the child rape trial that has spanned almost the last three weeks. Maraj reportedly showed no emotion when the verdict was read. The girl, now 14, testified in excruciating detail about sexual assaults that she said occurred as frequently as four times a week and sometimes twice a day, mostly when Maraj was home alone with the girl. "We hope that today's verdict will help the family in the healing process". He faces no less than 25 years in prison with a maximum sentence of life.

The defense had also claimed during the month-long trial that the allegations had been created to extort $25 million from the man's famous sister; they also had to walk back a claim that Minaj would testify on her brother's behalf.

The girl, who is now 14, testified that Maraj called her "his puppet" and said she had "no say" in the things that were being done to her.

Prosecutors had claimed that Maraj raped the young girl at the age of 11 between April and November 2015.

After Maraj became aware of the little boy witnessing the incident, he attempted to scare him away from telling his mother by slapping him in the face.

'Why tell this lie?' Slane asked jurors.

'It's about money and it's about revenge, ' Schwartz said.

Minaj, 34, did not testify and has yet to address her brother's conviction. Additionally, Maraj's brother who is now 10-years-old said he saw Maraj's "private parts" touching his sister.

Minaj has never commented publicly on the charges against Maraj, and a rep for her did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

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.

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