Nicki Minaj Brother Charged with Rape; Singer Posts $100,000 Bail


The saying goes: “blood is thicker than water” and singer Nicki Minaj can be considered as a clear testament to that.

US Weekly reports that the singer bailed her brother, Jelani Maraj, out of jail for the sum of $100,000. The magazine cites the report from the New York Post that the bond was backed by two of Minaj’s homes in Baldwin, New York.

The magazine reports that Maraj was arrested for raping a 12-year-old and was arraigned last week for charges of first-degree rape and first-degree sexual conduct against a child.

US Weekly further details that the bond as filed by the singer on Friday in Nassau County where Maraj has been in custody since his arrest. The magazine also cites the Associated Press in saying that investigators found Maraj raped the 12-year-old victim in multiple counts from April this year to November.

Meanwhile, Music Times also cites the New York Post in saying that a source said Minaj will back her brother throughout the trial. The website quotes the unnamed source in saying:

“She was prepared to do anything for her brother.”

US Weekly recalls that this is not the first time Minaj has been very supportive of her brother. According to the magazine, it was Minaj who footed the bill for Maraj and his long-time girlfriend Jacqueline Robinson’s wedding.

The singer remains silent about her brother’s rape case while keeping busy with her commitments.

In a report by Entertainment Weekly, Nicki Minaj is the Big in Music honoree at VH1 Big in 2015 with Entertainment Weekly. The website describes the event as a celebration of the biggest entertainers and pop-culture moments of 2015. Queen Latifah presented the female rapper with the honor.

During her acceptance speech, Minaj was quoted by Entertainment Weekly in saying:

“No matter what field you’re in, go after your biggest dream. Do not settle. Do not allow people to tell you that you can’t do anything you put your mind to.”

Minaj is currently nominated for three categories in the 2016 Grammy Awards namely, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Album.

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