$100,000 bail for Jelani Maraj, arrested last week, reports say
The ‘Anaconda’ artist’s older brother Jelani Maraj, 37, was arraigned last week (December 3) on suspicion of first-degree rape and first-degree sexual conduct with a child under the age of 13, New York Daily News reports.
Long Island newspaper Newsday reports that the victim is 12 years of age.
None of Minaj’s family or the Nassau district attorney’s office has commented on the matter, which surfaced in the media last week.
Meanwhile, Minaj’s ex-boyfriend Safaree Samuels has reportedly threatened to sue the artist, alleging that he wrote her raps.
Samuels is rumoured to be planning a multi-million dollar lawsuit with “boatloads of proof” over royalties from her three albums.
He says he was involved in every aspect of the process, including being present in her recording sessions and claims to possess videos of him working with the singer, voice memos from recording sessions and hours of footage from studio sessions.
In more bad news for the Trinidadian-born songwriter, she was recently forced to respond to criticism over a contoversial Halloween Instagram video in which she appears to tell a person pretending to be disabled to ‘walk’.
Some took offence to the footage, which they claimed ridiculed those with disabilities.
But Minaj brushed off the criticism, tweeting, “Lol. That’s NOT a disabled person and u know that. Are u that desperate for attention?” before revealing the individual was her friend on a scooter.