Finally, the former stepdaughter of Nicki Minaj’s brother, Jelani Maraj, has told how the 38-year-old allegedly raped her when she was only 11 years old.
Speaking in court on Monday, the child recalled the spine-chilling account of how it all started in April 2015 when she and her mother were living with Jelani in their Lagos Island home.
Here’s what she told the court:
“It was a Saturday morning. I had went to him to go say ‘good morning.’ I had hugged him as usual. I went to go lie next to him as I usually do. When I did that, he told me to go close the door. He told me to take off my pants. Then he told me to come under the covers with him and he started caressing me.”
She continued, telling how the alleged rape reoccurred, how Jelani blamed her for the rape saying she led him on, adding that she would be taken away from her mother if she told on him. She added:
“We would have sex in his bedroom, in my bedroom, in the basement. He had mentioned I was brushing myself on him and that I wanted it to happen…He used lubricant and told me to breathe properly and not to clench so it wouldn’t hurt so much..[but] it hurt. I told him to stop and tried to push him away.”
The child went on to tell how Jelani made her pose “on my forearms on the bed and my pants were pulled down” , that it was at this time her 8-year-old brother caught them.
This shocking detail comes days after the expert called in by the witness said she could not match Jelani Maraj’s DNA to the semen found on the girl’s pajamas.
However, the trial continues, and if Maraj, who is facing multiple felony counts, is found guilty, he can get up to life in prison.