Last year Nicki Minaj's 37-year-old brother Jelani was charged with repeatedly raping a 12 year-old girl, believed to be his ex-wife's child [click here if you missed that].
Now the prosecution claims Jelani used threats and beatings to keep the child quiet...
“He would make several threats to her,” Slane said in court Thursday. “If she resisted in any way, he would threaten to engage in anal intercourse with her, which she said would hurt her.”
Slane said she’d introduce evidence at trial that Maraj also used to hit the alleged victim to the point that she would start crying, and when the girl’s younger sibling walked in on Maraj allegedly abusing the girl, he warned the youngster not to tell anyone before slapping the kid in the face.
“After telling the child not to talk about what happened, he struck (the sibling) in the face,” Slane said. “These children were in fear of him.”
Prosecutors had initially offered the 39-year-old Maraj a plea agreement of 15 years to life, but Slane said Thursday that the offer was off the table after both sides couldn’t agree on how much time he should serve under a deal.The trial was supposed to begin later this month but has been postponed until mid April.