Nicki Minaj reportedly bailed out her brother to the tune of $100,000 after he was arrested on first-degree rape of a child younger than 13 charges and first-degree sexual conduct against a child charges. Jelani Maraj, the 37 year old brother of Nicki Minaj, was in a Long Island, New York, court on Thursday.
Jelani, who lives in a home owned by Nicki, is due back December 9 in connection with the charges according to the Nassau County district attorney’s office, reports Fox News. It’s not clear if Nicki Minaj’s brother entered a guilty plea.
Minaj and her brother are very close, with Nicki paying for and attending her brother’s wedding to Jacqueline Robinson at the Coral House on Milburn Lake in Baldwin, New York, last August. According to Page Six, Minaj paid in excess of $30,000 to secure the wedding venue, and shared heartfelt congratulations to her brother.
A source close to Nicki revealed that the rapper is “prepared to do anything for her brother,” including posting two homes owned by Minaj as bail. The homes are occupied by her brother and her mother, Carol.
Nicki has also taken responsibility for the fees associated with securing the the bond, which are usually between six percent and 10 percent of the bond amount, in this case about $6,000 to $10,000, reports Page Six.
Minaj and her brother are well known to be very close, and at the time of her brother’s wedding, Minaj shared over Instagram that she “would cross the ocean” for her brother, and in the photo Nicki stands with Jelani. Nicki also confessed that she “cried during his wedding and his first dance like a punk,” telling fans “I love my brother so much man.”
Nicki also admitted that her brother’s wedding “has been one of my favorite nights of all time. I do anything to see my brothers smile,” reports Page Six.
Nassau prosecutors originally asked for a $500,000 bond after Nicki Minaj’s brother was arrested, and Minaj was prepared to offer a letter of credit from a California bank account that is worth over $2 million, a source close to Nicki revealed to Page Six. However, the bail amount was reduced, and the two houses owned by Nicki sufficed to secure her brother’s freedom.
The identity of the victim Nicki’s brother is accused of assaulting has not been revealed.
The bail was handled by celebrity bail bondsman Ira Judelson, court papers revealed. According to Page Six, Nicki Minaj is not the first celebrity Judelson has worked with. The bondsman has also handled cases involving Dominique Straus Kahn, who had a $6 million bail bond, and he has also handled bonds for Plaxico Buress, Lil Wayne, and Katt Williams.
All parties involved have declined to comment on the rape charges.
Minaj was born Onika Tanya Maraj, and Nicki Minaj is her stage name. In 2012, the Guardian asked Minaj about her name change, and the singer revealed that “[s]omebody changed my name” after signing a production deal.
According to Minaj, during “[o]ne of the first production deals I signed, the guy wanted my name to be Minaj.” Nicki explained that she has “always hated” her stage name, and she “fought him tooth and nail. But he convinced me.”
Vogue writes that Nicki Minaj is also famous for her temper. During a 2010 interview with Billboard, Minaj recalled an incident where she “chased a customer out of the restaurant [she worked at] once so I could stick my middle finger up at her and demand that she give me my pen back… I swear to God I was bad.”
Minaj also revealed that when she’s around her brother, she “not Nicki Minaj when I’m with them.” According to Minaj, “[m]y rule is, whatever you were calling me four years ago is what you should be calling me now, because I don’t like it when my family or close friends call me Nicki Minaj.”
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