Jelani Maraj

Jelani Maraj is a Trinidad and Tobago-born convicted rapist and pedophile currently facing a potential 25-years-to-life prison sentence in New York, USA. His trial garnered widespread media attention as he is a brother of the rapper and pop singer Onika Tanya Maraj, who is better known by her stage name, Nicki Minaj.

By all accounts, he also found some success as an entrepreneur. He was the owner of the Ozone Park Daycare in Queens and was planning to set up another branch in New Jersey. In late 2015, He was arrested and charged with repeatedly raping an 11-year-old girl at his home in Long Island. Let’s know more about him through this article.

What is Jelani Maraj famous for?

  • Being a brother of Nicki Minaj.

Where is Jelani Maraj born?

Recalling his early life, Jelani Maraj was born in Saint James, Port of Spain, Trinidad, and Tobago to Robert and Carol Maraj. His father is of Dougla ancestry and has served as a financial executive and part-time gospel singer. His mother, of Afro-Trinidadian descent, sings gospel songs as well.

Similarly, He had a turbulent personality and would resort to violence whenever he got angry. He grew up with four siblings; sisters Maya, Onika, and Ming, and brother Micaiah. He is Spanish by nationality and belongs to black ethnicity. Further, His birth sign is Sagittarius.

Is Jelani Maraj married or not?

Reflecting on her personal life, Jelani was a married man. He was married to his long-time girlfriend Jacqueline Robinson at Coral Houses in Baldwin, New York on 2nd August 2015. The wedding was lavishing costing Nicki more than $300 thousand.

Why Jelani Miraj was arrested?

Maraj was arrested in Nassau in December 2015 on charges of raping a minor, according to reports. He was charged with first-degree rape and first-degree course of sexual assault against a child when he appeared in court on December 3rd. When the suspected crimes happened, the perpetrator, his stepdaughter, was 11 years old. He was apprehended by the police when she was 12 years old.

The judge ordered him to post $100,000 bail, which he did on December 3rd. Initially, the Nassau district attorney’s office declined to comment on the case, including the investigation, the age of the boy, and how the authorities learned of the incident.

At the trial, the girl detailed sexual attacks that she said occurred as much as four times a week, and often twice a day, often while her mother was at work. She told the jury that he had called her “his puppet” and that she had no choice but to follow his orders. She was intimidated and beaten if she refused to comply. Prosecutors say they discovered his DNA on the girl’s pyjama pants.

He was found guilty of the charges against him in November 2017. He may be sentenced to 25 years to life in jail. When the verdict was read, he reportedly had no reaction. David Schwartz, his counsel, announced that they would appeal. The rape charges, he claims, were concocted by the girl’s mother in order to extract $25 million in hush money from Nicki Minaj.

While the prosecutors dismissed the charge, James R. Ray III, a civil attorney who briefly represented the mother, acknowledged in court that while he did apply for $25 million from him after his arrest to settle a potential lawsuit, the mother was unaware of it.

Jesse Palmer, a former NFL player and newscaster for the Daily Mail, wrote an article about Minaj in 2018, claiming that she always supported her brother. Minaj then took to social media to vehemently deny the allegation, announcing that she would sue him.

The presiding judge ordered an investigation into the matter in 2018 after the defense made charges of juror misconduct. The claims were first made by an alternate juror, who said that if Minaj did not come to testify in favor of her brother, Maraj would be found guilty.

What is Jelani Maraj’s net worth?

Jelani receives a sizable sum of money and wages as a businessman, but his source of income is unknown. According to some online sources, his current net worth is reported to be $10 million. His salary, however, has yet to be revealed.

Jelani Maraj’s height is unknown.

According to his body measurements, Jelani is of average height and weight, with black eyes and hair. His other physical characteristics are yet to be revealed. We will notify you if any information is made public.

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