Nicki Minaj's Brother Found Guilty of Child Rape

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Jelani Maraj and Nicki Minaj. Chance Yeh Getty Images Anthony Harvey Getty Images

Nicki Minaj's brother has been found guilty of predatory sexual assault against a child.

Maraj's lawyers said during a almost one-month trial that the rape allegations were concocted by the girl's mother as part of a scheme to get Nicki Minaj to pay the family $25 million in hush money.

The trial lasted over a month, and saw the defense arguing that the allegations were fabricated in an attempt to extort $25 million from the Maraj's famous sister.

Neither Maraj nor his sister testified at the trial, even though defense lawyers during opening arguments that the rapper was on the witness list.

The girl, who is now 14, testified that Maraj called her "his puppet" and said she had "no say" in the things that were being done to her.

"It's about money and it's about revenge", Schwartz said.

"The amount of evidence that we had that wasn't allowed in this case is unbelievable", the Garden City lawyer added. Both the girl, now 14, and her 10-year-old brother testified during the trial.

"We hope that today's verdict will help the family in the healing process", Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas told TMZ.

The girl's mother denied that the accusations were made up.

The girl said Maraj also threatened that she would be taken away from her mother if she told anyone about the abuse. Maraj's lawyer say the rape allegations were created by the victim's mother who demanded $25 million from the rapper as a means of keeping her daughter quiet. Nicki Minaj did not testify, despite early reports that claimed she would. The woman later fired him as her attorney.

Soon after his arrest in 2015, Maraj was released from custody on $100,000 bail, reportedly backed by two of his sister's homes.

Minaj has never commented publicly on the charges against Maraj, and a rep for her did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

Jelani Maraj, 38, brother of award-winning singer and rapper Nicki Minaj, is seen at a Mineola courthouse on October 10, 2017.

The Associated Press does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault, and is not identifying the girl's mother in order to protect her daughter's identity.

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