Nicki Minaj's Brother Convicted For Sexually Assaulting A Child
Nov 12 2017
He was handcuffed and taken into custody following the verdict and now potentially faces 25 years to life in prison.
Nassau County District Attorney Madeline SIngas said in a statement to PEOPLE: "Justice demanded that his defendant be held accountable for these heinous acts and we are thankful to the jury for their careful deliberation".
Prosecutors alleged at trial that Maraj started abusing the victim when she was 11, and raped her repeatedly between April and November 2015 while her mother was working, Brosh says. The defence lawyer claimed the allegations were fabricated by the child's mother in order to extort $25m (£19m) from Nicki Minaj.
The girl, who is now 14, testified that Maraj called her "his puppet" and said she had "no say" in the things that were being done to her. Prosecutors said they found Maraj's DNA on the victim's pajamas.
Despite much speculation and rumor, Queens native Nicki Minaj was not called as a witness for her brother. "It's real life with real-life consequences". In harrowing testimony, her younger brother testified that he had seen Maraj assaulting his sister when he was just 8 years old, and the girl herself testified that Maraj had threatened to take her and her brother away from their mother.
"It's all about money and it's all about revenge", he told the jury. "This is an old-fashioned shakedown".
James R. Ray III, a civil attorney who briefly represented the mother, testified that he did demand $25 million from Maraj to settle a potential lawsuit. The girl testified that Maraj treated her as his own daughter before he began raping her. She later fired Ray as her attorney.
A spokesman for Ms. Minaj's record label did not respond to an email seeking comment on the case. But social media is torn up about how media continues to involve Nicki Minaj in the news. Forbes said she was No. 16 in earnings among rappers in 2017 with $16 million.