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Nicki Minaj’s Brother Found Guilty of Child Sexual Assault

Jelani Maraj faces 25 years to life in prison

The brother of rapper Nicki Minaj is facing life in prison after being found guilty of sexual assault on a child Thursday.

A representative for the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office told TheWrap that Jelani Maraj was found guilty of predatory sexual assault against a child and endangering the welfare of a child. Maraj faces 25 years to life.

According to NBC New York, Maraj, 38, was charged with repeatedly raping an 11-year-old girl at his home in Long Island. During the trial, the victim, now 14, testified that she was assaulted multiple times over an eight-month period in 2015.

Maraj’s legal team contended that the allegations were cooked up by the victim’s mother in an effort to squeeze a $25 million payoff out of Minaj, who did not testify during the trial.

Maraj’s attorney plans to appeal the verdict, NBC noted.