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Rape charges against Minaj's brother are revenge plot: defense

The accuser in the child rape trial of rapper Nicki Minaj’s brother insisted under cross-examination Tuesday that her story was the truth — and not a twisted revenge plot.

The teen witness stuck to her guns under grilling by defense attorney David Schwartz at the Nassau County Court trial of Jelani Maraj, 38.

“This is a complete lie, isn’t it?” Schwartz asked the prosecution witness. “Your whole story.”

“No, it’s not,” the 14-year-old witness replied.

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Schwartz, who had earlier cut the witness off mid-answer, then inquired about the young girl’s motivation in making the charges.

“Through a lot of your testimony you were staring at Jelani,” said Schwartz. “Because it’s all about revenge at this point …”

Prosecutors interrupted with an objection that was upheld as the trial stretched into its third week.

Schwartz initially asked a series of questions about the details of alleged sexual abuse incidents from May 2015.

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Maraj’s brother’s defense attorney grilled his accuser in court on Tuesday.

(Debbie Egan-Chin/New York Daily News)

“I’m barely able to remember what I had for breakfast yesterday,” the witness replied.

The accuser, answering questions from prosecutors on redirect, explained why she never went to her mom about the months of alleged sexual abuse that began when she was just age 11.

“Because she seemed happy,” the teen testified. “She went through a lot … and also I was scared I’d be taken away from my mother.”

The girl’s mom married Maraj in August 2015, with the witness testifying that her mother’s new husband abused her both before and after their nuptials.

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She testified Monday that her younger brother actually saw Maraj sexually assaulting her — with the victim asking the smaller child to remain mute about what he saw.

On direct testimony, the teen testified Monday that her mother’s new beau repeatedly raped her for months — calling the helpless child “his puppet.”

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