Last November, Nicki Minaj’s brother, Jelani Maraj, was found guilty of predatory sexual assault and acting in a manner injurious to a child. Maraj, 39, faces up to life in prison for the repeated rape of his stepdaughter, said to have started in their home when she was 11 while he was married to her mother. Maraj is looking to overturn the conviction, and his mother, Carol Maraj, is ready to share some little-known facts about the trial.
The family matriarch took to Twitter last weekend weekend to promote a new “tell-all interview” on The Hip Hop Hood Report with Charles Fisher & the Fitness Sheriff, in which she will “share shocking news the court don’t want you to know.”
Those living in New York City can watch the interview tomorrow, August 8, at 11 p.m. or August 11 at 3 p.m. on channel 20 (Optimum) or channel 37 (Verizon). Others can stream the interview at patv.org/livestream.
Carol also testified during the trial in her son’s defense, according to BET. Sister Nicki, whom Jelani’s lawyers claimed would also testify, chose not to, and hasn’t publicly commented on her older brother’s case or conviction.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.