Nicki Minaj has found her name in the spotlight for the worst reason, by no doing of her own.
The rapper’s brother Jelani Maraj has been found guilty of predatory sexual assault on a child younger than 13 years old.
The conviction on Thursday (Nov 9) also included endangering the welfare of a child.
He was tried in Nassau County, New York.
The charges say Maraj repeatedly raped an 11-year-old girl at his home in Long Island while the girl’s mother was at work. Brosh said prosecutors alleged the girl was repeatedly raped between April and November 2015.
The victim, who is now 14, testified in detail about the multiple sexual assaults. The girl’s younger brother also testified that he witnessed one incident.
Neither Maraj nor Minaj testified during the trial, despite claims that the rapper would.
Maraj was arrested for in connection with the case on Dec. 2, 2015. He was released from custody on $100,000 bail, reportedly backed by two homes owned by Minaj, according to People.
The Associated Press reported that Maraj, 38, was walked out in handcuff and bail was revoked after the sentencing. According to Maraj’s lawyer, he will appeal.
He faces 25 years to life in prison. He’ll be sentenced on December 14.
A representative for Nicki Minaj did not immediately respond to a request for comment from People or The AP. She has never commented publicly about the charges.