Jelani Maraj, the brother of Nicki Minaj appeared in court on Wednesday for a preliminary hearing on rape charges. He was accused of raping a 12-year-old girl on multiple occasions. Jelani, 37, was accompanied by his mother Carol and lawyer Andrea Zellan for the hearing to set a schedule for his upcoming trial.
Minaj did not appear with her mother and brother at the Nassau County courthouse in Mineola, New York, but she did post bail for her Jelani last week. She put up a $100,000 bond which was guaranteed by the two homes she owns in nearby Baldwin, Mail Online reports.
Jelani is charged with first-degree rape and first-degree sexual conduct against the preteen. Each charge carries a sentence of nine to 25 years in prison.
Both Jelani and Minaj were born in Trinidad, but raised in New York City.