The prosecution in the Jelani Maraj child rape case have alledged his DNA matches that found on the victim’s clothes.
Maraj, who is the brother of Nicki Minaj, was arrested last December following accusations that he had sexually abused a 12 year-old girl.
Bossip reports that assistant district attorney Anthony Pirri told the judge at a recent hearing at Nassau County Supreme Court’s sex crimes division in New York: “A DNA profile, a partial profile matching the defendant or consistent with the defendant, your honour, to the point in the hundreds of billionths of chance of it being any other individual, was discovered in the … pants of the complainant in this case, and also tested positive indicating the presence of semen.”
Maraj was also allegedly raping the victim for several months prior to the arrest.
He initially appeared at New York’s Nassau County Court for his arraignment on April 4, before later returning to court on April 19, pleading 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.
If convicted, Maraj faces up to life in prison on the top charge. The case is still set to head to trial in November,
Minaj has not publicly spoke about the matter but does reference her older brother on the song ‘All Things Go’ from 2014’s ‘The Pinkprint’, in which she raps: “And I know Jelani will always love me, and I’ll always love him”.