Jelani Maraj and Nicki Minaj
11.15.2017

Nicki Minaj Visits Brother in Jail

Nicki Minaj reportedly went to visit her brother Jelani Maraj at Nassau County Jail just one day after he was found guilty in his child rape case, according to Newsday.

Minaj went to the jail in order to support her mother Carol, according to a separate report by TMZ, which claims that the rapper hasn’t been close to her brother since he was charged with the crime.

Minaj’s visit reportedly lasted an hour. She also put money in her brother’s commissary account before leaving, according to a Newsday insider. Jelani’s attorney, David Schwartz, would not confirm or deny the visit, saying only that “all of Jelani’s family and close friends are 100 percent supporting him, that includes his mom, his sister, and kids.”

Jelani Maraj was found guilty of predatory sexual assault against a child and endangering the welfare of a child after he was accused of raping his then-11-year-old stepdaughter. His stepson, now 11, testified in the case. Jelani now faces 25 years to life in prison.

Minaj has remained silent about the case in public. In 2015, she paid for her brother’s $100,000 bond, according to Page Six. She has also rapped about her brother in the past, including on 2014’s “All Things Go.” “I know Jelani will always love me, and I’ll always love him,” she raps. “And I’m just his little sister, not Nicki Minaj when I’m around him.”