Jelani Maraj could face 15 years to life in prison if convicted.
Nicki Minaj’s older brother Jelani Maraj has denied charges of raping an underage girl.
Maraj was arrested last December following accusations that he had sexually abused a 12 year-old girl. According to Bossip, the 37-year-old was indicted by a Grand Jury in Nassau County Long Island on April 4.
On Tuesday (April 19) he reportedly appeared in court where he pleaded not guilty to felony sexual assault against a child, two felony counts of sexual conduct against a child and a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child, but was released on bail after a $100,000 bond was paid by his mother.
Maraj is accused by the victim of raping her for “several months…the last rape occurring one day before his arrest”.
His lawyer has declined to comment on the case.
Nicki Minaj has yet to address the situation although the above photo of her with her brother is still featured on her Instagram account.