Jelani Maraj, the brother of rapper Nicki Minaj, is planning to appeal his child rape case following his conviction Thursday. The Associated Press reported a jury found Maraj guilty of predatory sexual assault Nov. 9 following deliberations. But social media is torn up about how media continues to involve Nicki Minaj in the news.
Maraj was accused of repeatedly raping an 11-year-old girl at his home in Baldwin, a Long Island suburb. He faces 25 years to life in prison for what DNA evidence has supported happened to the now 14-year-old girl. She testified in detail about how Maraj would allegedly commit sexual acts up to four times a week and sometimes twice daily. The girl’s brother also testified that he had seen one assault.
A defense lawyer claimed that the girl’s mother created a “shakedown.” David Schwartz said the woman contacted Maraj’s lawyer asking for $25 million so the “charges could just go away,” however, the mother denied she made up the allegations.
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As news of Maraj’s conviction made headlines, social media users began to share their feelings.
Many took issue with Nicki Minaj being attached to the story.
This rapist has a name. Stop calling him ‘Nicki Minaj’s Brother’ to make his story bigger. She probably doesn’t want anything to do with him now after this abuse. https://t.co/DK76cacmfY
— ♡ (@dangagb) November 10, 2017
Yes, he is Nicki Minaj’s brother but she is not on trial. Make HIM, Jelani Maraj own HIS crime. Put HIS name out there not her’s.
— krawlins (@KathyRawlins) November 10, 2017
Others explained why the rapper gets mentioned in Maraj’s story.
People saying they need to stop saying nicki minaj brother and using her pic but she is this big star so they going to do that. Oh well
— Pretty Brown (@PrettyB47398185) November 10, 2017
Journalism 101:a lot of writers are taught to write with prominence thus why Nicki Minaj is “attached” to her brother’s case. Sad, but 🤷🏾♀️
— Livin La Vida Lex✨ (@heyylexik) November 10, 2017
And others pointed out Minaj initially posted $100,000 bond for her brother after he was accused of first-degree rape and first-degree sexual conduct.
“She was prepared to do anything for her brother,” a source told Page Six in December 2015 of Minaj.
— EloSheim (@KingSally13) November 10, 2017
Nicki Minaj and her disgusting piece of shit brother need to fucking burn for this. I don’t care if you claim FOE bitch HE RAPED A CHILD!!!! And you bailed him out and paid for his legal costs. I’m never supporting this vile creature or her music career ever again. Fucking foul. https://t.co/LABWnfLtvF
— Tanyassssss bitch (@susupovi) November 10, 2017