Nicki Minaj's Brother Charged With Raping 12-Year-Old Child

Entertainment | 12/04/2015 | 09:00 AM EST

Jelani Maraj was charged with first-degree rape for assaulting a pre-teen on Thursday

The brother of rapper Nicki Minaj was charged Thursday in New York with raping a child, reports Newsday.

Jelani Maraj
, 37, was arraigned in Nassau County on charges of first-degree rape and first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, according to court documents. Sources say the child is 12 years old.

The Nassau County district attorney declined to speak on any details of the case, but confirmed that bail was set at $100,000.



Authorities say Maraj was released on bail Thursday from the Nassau County jail in East Meadow.

Maraj was in the news this past August when he married Jacqueline Robinson at the Coral House in Baldwin, New York. Minaj paid a reported $30,000 for the wedding hall, which hosted 200 guests.

"I would cross the ocean for u," Minaj wrote on an Instagram post of herself and her big brother. "I love my brother so much man. Can't believe I cried during his wedding and his first dance like a punk. May God bless him and his union. Tonight has been one of my favorite nights of all time. I do anything to see my brothers smile."

Minaj has yet to speak out about the allegations against her brother.


(Photos from left: Bennett Raglin/Getty Images, Chance Yeh/Getty Images)

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