Tensions flared Thursday in the rape trial of Nicki Minaj’s brother when their mother testified about text messages sent in the days after her son’s arrest.
Prosecutors said Minaj’s brother, Jelani Maraj, raped his wife’s 11-year-old daughter as often as four times a week in their Long Island home before he was arrested Dec.1 2015.
But Maraj’s family says Maraj’s estranged wife, Jacqueline Robinson, trumped up the charges in a bid to extort $ 25 million from the rapper’s family.
“You guys set up my child,” Carol Maraj wrote in a text message to Robinson the night her son was arrested.
Carol Maraj told jurors in Nassau County Court she didn’t remember the text, but later admitted she wrote it.
“A lot of things were going through my head that day,” she said. “It was a confusing day.”
Earlier that day, after the arrest, Robinson had given her mother-in-law a ride to the courthouse for Jelani’s arraignment.
“We had a little conversation,” Carol Maraj said.” As we were getting out of the car she said, `It’s going to take a lot of money to get out of this one.’”
Nicki Minaj and her brother Jelani Maraj (l.) in August 2015.
But Assistant DA Jared Rosenblatt, on cross examination, said the witness was just trying to protect her daughter’s music empire, and tried to back up the accusation with a text message, Carol Maraj sent to Robinson days after the arrest.,
“I don’t think you should give people details on anything,” the message said. “You don’t have to share your business with everyone who calls.”
Carol Maraj also testified that her son had a drinking problem.
“I knew he had a drinking problem,” she said. “I can’t say if he had a drinking problem during that time period.”
Jelani Maraj, who is the older brother of the hip-hop star, faces 15 years to life in prison if found guilty of the top charge against him.
Minaj could be called to testify.