Nicki Minaj is making it clear she has her brother's back. The "Anaconda" rapper recently took to Instagram to post a photo of her hanging out with her family, including older brother Jelani Maraj, who's accused of raping a minor.
"Bowling con mi familia," Minaj (real name Onika Tanya Maraj) captioned the photo. (Maraj is in the far left corner of the below picture)
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The 33-year-old rapper has remained silent amid reports her brother allegedly raped a 12-year-old girl. According to Page Six, she even posted his $100,000 bail to get him out of a Nassau County jail.
"She was prepared to do anything for her brother," a source told the outlet at the time.
As previously reported, Maraj was arrested earlier this month and charged with first-degree rape of a child younger than 13 and first-degree sexual conduct against a child. The accusations against Maraj came just a few months after he wed Jacqueline Robinson in New York.
According to Bossip, Maraj's felony complaint alleges that the 37-year-old had intercourse with the victim one day before his arrest. The complaint also said the abuse lasted for several months.
Minaj has always made it known that she is extremely close to her family. In an interview last year with Complex, she said she always tries to be the “voice of reason” for everyone.
“I’ve always taken control and tried to lead and tried to be the one to help my family stay on the right path,” she said. “When I’m not there, and something doesn’t work out, I always think to myself, ‘If I was there, this wouldn’t have happened.’”
She also gushed about her brother in August following his wedding, writing on Instagram that she would “do anything to see [her] brother smile.”