Nicki Minaj‘s brother, Jelani Maraj is guilty of repeatedly sleeping with his 11-year-old stepdaughter while her mother was at work.
The 38-year-old was convicted of predatory se.xual assault on a child – a felony – and endangering the welfare of a child.
His penalty is life imprisonment, but Maraj’s lawyer says he plans to appeal.
According to Newsday, after the end of the trial on Thursday, Maraj was led out of Nassau County Court in handcuffs and was taken to the county jail, where the resident judge ordered him held without bail pending his sentencing hearing.
Maraj’s lawyers said during a nearly one-month trial that the ra.pe allegations were concocted by the girl’s mother as part of a scheme to get Nicki Minaj to pay the family $25million in hush money.
In closing arguments Monday, Nassau County Assistant District Attorney Emma Slane called that claim ‘absolute absurdity.’
The girl, now 14, testified in painful detail about se.xual 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.
The prosecutor said DNA evidence recovered from the girl’s pajama pants was linked to Maraj. The girl’s younger brother also testified at the trial that he witnessed one assault.