10-Year-Old Testifies In Jelani Maraj Rape Trial
Jelani Maraj‘s defense took a major hit on Monday when the alleged victim’s 10-year-old brother took the stand and testified to walking in on Maraj raping his big sister.
The witness, who was 8-year-old at the time, recalled walking into a basement bedroom to find his sister with her “pants around her ankles” and Maraj with his “underwear close to his knees.”
He told the prosecutor, “I thought it wasn’t right. It looked weird to me, so I ran upstairs.”
The 10-year-old went on to say Jelani Maraj slapped him and threatened him.
Via Page Six:
Maraj, the boy testified, later found him and slapped him in the face “about 10 times.”
“He asked me if I had seen anything. I said, ‘Yes,’ ” the boy said. “He slapped me on the cheek.”
Maraj — the older brother of the “Super Bass” rapper — then allegedly used the boy’s mother, Jacqueline Robinson, to threaten the boy into silence.
At the time, Maraj was married to Robinson.
“Jelani said I wouldn’t see her again if I told on him,” he said. “His face was kind of mad.”
The boy, whose bedroom was next to his sister’s, also told jurors he’d sometimes hear his door suddenly close at night — and then his sister’s bed creaking.
Defense lawyer David Schwartz tried to poke holes in the little boy’s testimony by getting him to admit the lights were off when he walked in on the alleged rape.
“You would agree that when the light is not on, the room is very dark?” Schwartz asked.
“Yes,” the boy answered.
Prosecutors allege Maraj had sex with the young girl, now 14, as often as four times a week.
A doctor testified last week that the girl’s medical records strongly suggest she was having sex.
“I can say with a reasonable degree of certainty that [the girl’s] medical exam can prove penetration,” said Dr. Aaron Miller after reviewing photos.
Prosecutors said Maraj’s DNA was found on a pair of the girl’s pajama pants.
The defense has claimed the sickening allegations were concocted by Robinson in a $25 million extortion plot against Minaj, who is expected to testify on her sibling’s behalf.
Minaj posted her brother’s $100,000 bond when he was arrested in December 2015.
“Why would [Robinson] lie and force her children to lie? I can give you 25 million reasons why,” Schwartz told jurors.
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