Nicki Minaj’s brother charged with raping 12-year-old girl

Jelani Maraj, 37, has been released on bail

Nicki Minaj‘s brother has been arrested for allegedly raping an underage girl, according to reports.

Jelani Maraj, 37, was arraigned on Thursday (December 3) following the accusations.

He has been charged with first-degree rape and first-degree sexual conduct against a child, according to jail records and court documents, New York Daily News reports .

Long Island newspaper Newsday reports that the victim is 12 years of age.


Maraj has been released on bail from Nassau County jail after the $100,000 bond was paid.

Neither Maraj, Minaj or the Nassau district attorney’s office have commented on the matter.

The news followa recent reports that Nicki Minaj’s ex-boyfriend has threatened to sue after alleging he wrote her raps.

Safaree Samuels is planning to file a multi-million lawsuit over royalties from her three albums.

Safaree is reportedly planning to present “a boatload of proof” that he was involved in her recording sessions including videos of him working with the singer, voice memos from recording sessions and hours of footage from studio sessions.