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10-year-old testifies in rape trial of brother of Nicki Minaj

October 24, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
10-year-old testifies in rape trial of brother of Nicki Minaj

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The 10-year-old child who walked in on the purported rape of his sister by the brother of rap star Nicki Minaj knew what he saw “wasn’t right” — but was threatened to keep his mouth shut,” jurors were told during damning testimony in court on Monday.

The child, who was dressed in a black tuxedo and grasping onto a yellow star-shaped toy, courageously testified in Jelani Maraj’s rape trial in Nassau County Supreme Court.

He outlined what he saw in a bedroom in the basement in 2015 — as his relatives quietly cried in the gallery.

“I was looking for [her],” the boy stated, referring to his then-11-year-old sister, who has accused Maraj, their stepfather, of frequently raping her. “My pencil broke, I didn’t have any other.”

The boy, who was only eight-years-old when the rape took place, said his sister’s pants were “around her ankles,” the New York Post reported.

“I saw his underwear to his knees,” he said about Maraj.

When asked by prosecutors what happened next, he softly said, “I thought it wasn’t right. It looked weird, so I ran upstairs.”

Maraj, the boy testified, tracked him down and hit him in the face “about ten times.”

“He asked me if I had seen anything. I said, ‘Yes,’ ” the boy stated. “He slapped me.”

Jelani Maraj pictured with his sister Nicki Minaj 

Maraj — the brother of Nicki Minaj — then reportedly used the boy’s mother, Jacqueline Robinson, to threaten the boy to keep his mouth shut.

At that time, Maraj and Robinson were married.

“Jelani said I wouldn’t see her if I told,” he said. “His face was mad.”

The boy, whose room was next to his sister’s, also told the jury that he’d hear his door close at night — and then his sister’s bed making noise.

Defense attorney David Schwartz attempted to poke holes in the boy’s testimony by getting him to confess that the lights were off when he walked in on the rape.

“You would agree that when the light is not on, the room is very dark?” Schwartz asked.

“Yes,” the boy replied.

Prosecutors contend that Maraj had sex with the young girl, who is currently 14, as regularly as four times a week.

A doctor testified that the girl’s medical records strongly imply that she was having sex.

“I can say with a degree of certainty that [the girl’s] medical exam can prove penetration,” Dr. Aaron Miller said after examining photos.

Prosecutors said Maraj’s DNA was discovered on a pair of the girl’s pajamas.

The defense has argued that Robinson concocted the sickening allegations in a $25 million extortion scheme against Minaj, who is expected to testify on her brother’s behalf.

Nicki Minaj posted her brother’s $100,000 bond when he was taken into custody in 2015.

“Why would [Robinson] lie and force her children to lie? I can give you 25 million reasons,” Schwartz told the jury.

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