A 10-year-old boy took the stand on Monday to testify that he witnessed the alleged rape of his sister by rap star Nicki Minaj’s brother, Page Six reported.
The boy, clutching a toy as he spoke, said that Jelani Maraj, his stepdad, raped his then-11-year-old sister in a basement bedroom in the family’s house in 2015.
“What happened was I was looking for [her],” the boy said. “My pencil broke and I didn’t have any others.”
When the boy, then 8, allegedly entered the room, he noticed that his sister’s pants were “around her ankles” and Maraj’s underwear was “close to his knees,” he testified.
The prosecutors alleged the young victim, who is now 13, was repeatedly raped by her stepfather, as often as four times a week.
“I thought it wasn’t right,” the boy said. “It looked weird to me, so I ran upstairs.”
His stepdad, the boy claimed, later slapped him in the face “about 10 times” and said that if the boy “told on him” he wouldn’t see his mom again.
The boy also said that sometimes he’d hear his door, which was next to sister's, suddenly close at night, followed by his sister's bed creaking.
Prosecutors said that a medical exam strongly suggests the young girl had been penetrated vaginally, but the defense has claimed the allegations are part of a $25 million extortion plot against the famous rapper.
Defense lawyer David Schwartz reportedly told jurors, “Why would [Robinson] lie and force her children to lie? I can give you 25 million reasons why."
A forensic expert on Tuesday said that she couldn’t link the semen found on the girl’s pajama pants to the girl’s stepfather, The Daily News reported, though Page Six disputed that account, quoting expert Erika Ziemak as saying that there was a “less than 1 in 348 billion chance” that the DNA in the semen belonged to someone other than Maraj.
It is not clear if Minaj plans to testify on her brother’s behalf.