Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicNicki Minaj‘s brother, Jelani Maraj, was back in court Tuesday, where he entered a plea of not guilty to charges of first-degree rape.
Cosmopolitan reports a clerk from the New York’s Nassau County Court confirmed that the 37-year-old brother of the rap diva was indicted April 4th by a Nassau County Court grand jury on counts of felony predatory sexual assault against a child, felony sexual conduct against a child under the age of 13, and endangering the welfare of a child.
If convicted, Jelani could potentially end up with a sentence of 15 years to life in prison.
The indictment stems from a December arrest on allegations Maraj had been sexually assaulting a minor over the course of several months.
Maraj, who’s the owner of Ozone Park Daycare in Queens, NY, is known to have a close relationship with Nicki. The artist acknowledged their close ties on her song “All Things Go,” rhyming: “I know Jelani will always love me, and I’ll always love him/And I’m just his little sister not Nicki Minaj when I’m around him.”
Maraj is due back in court on May 26th. Minaj has yet to comment publicly on the case.
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