10-Year-Old Gives Chilling Testimony Against Nicki Minaj’s Brother in Rape Trial: “It Wasn’t Right”

On Monday (Oct. 23), the 10-year-old stepson of Jelani Maraj took the stand during the ongoing child rape trial against Jelani Maraj. The child walked the courtroom through his understanding of what was happening between Maraj and his sister at the time of her alleged rape from their stepfather – and the account was absolutely chilling.

According to Page Six, the 10-year-old gave his account of an incident that happened in 2015, when the little boy was 8 years old. After breaking his pencil, the child started looking around the family home for his sister who was 11 years old at the time. He ended up going into a spare bedroom where he saw Maraj and his sister. Maraj had his underwear around his knees and his sister’s underwear was “around her ankles.”

“I thought it wasn’t right,” he told the court about the alleged rape. “It looked weird to me, so I ran upstairs.”

According to the child, Maraj allegedly beat him following the incident. And out of fear of repercussions, the child didn’t say anything about what he saw. “He asked me if I had seen anything. I said, ‘Yes,’” the boy said. “Jelani said I wouldn’t see her again if I told on him. His face was kind of mad.”

The boy also informed the jury that he could hear what went on in his sister’s bedroom late at night because of the close proximity between his bedroom and hers. He could hear the door open and the sound of her bed creaking.

The prosecutors on the case are also alleging that Maraj had been raping his now 15-year-old stepdaughter for as many as four times a week over the period of eight months leading up to the time her brother walked in on them. There’s no telling how many rapes the little girl endured between then and Maraj’s arrest. Just last week, a doctor took the stand to testify that there was DNA from Maraj found on the girl’s pajamas and a medical examination performed on the girl confirmed that she had been penetrated.

The defense is offering a different side of what occurred. Maraj’s lawyer, David Schwartz, is claiming that Maraj’s ex-wife Jacqueline Robinson is the mastermind behind all of this. He alleged that Robinson manipulated the children into falsely accusing him of raping the stepdaughter by beating and brainwashing them. Schwartz also claims that the results of the child’s medical exam could very well mean that she’s sexually active with one of her peers – and that it doesn’t automatically point to Maraj.

It has also been stated to the court that Robinson has tried to extort Maraj in the past due to his kinship with Queens rap star Nicki Minaj, allegedly requesting that he pay her $25 million to make “it go away.”

Minaj stepped in and posted Maraj’s $100,000 bail when he was first arrested back in December 2015. It has been reported that she will take the stand on his behalf on the trial as well.

If convicted, Maraj could receive a sentence of 15 years to life in prison.

Photo Credit: Nassau County, N.Y., Police Department via AP

Sheriden Chanel is a twenty-something writer, Beyoncé enthusiast, and lover of all things visual art. Keep up with her and her musings on social via @indiebyline.