By Jack Barnes
A 10-year-old boy who walked in on the alleged rape of his sister by the brother of rap star Nicki Minaj knew what he witnessed “wasn’t right” — but was threatened to keep his mouth shut, jurors heard Monday.
The youngster, wearing a black tuxedo and clutching a yellow star-shaped toy, bravely took the stand in Jelani Maraj’s rape trial in Nassau County Supreme Court.
He detailed what he saw in a basement bedroom in 2015 — as his family members quietly wept in the gallery.
What happened was I was looking for [her],” the boy said, referring to his then-11-year-old sister, who has accused Maraj, their stepdad, of repeatedly raping her. “My pencil broke and I didn’t have any others.”
The boy, who was 8 at the time, said his sister’s pants were “around her ankles.”
“I saw his underwear close to his knees,” he testified about Maraj.
Asked by prosecutors what happened next, he quietly said, “I thought it wasn’t right. It looked weird to me, so I ran upstairs.”
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. Read More…
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