Nicki Minaj's brother found guilty in child rape trial

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The woman later fired him as her attorney. He will be held without bail in Nassau County Correctional Center in East Meadow, New York.

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.

The older brother of Minaj, 34, will be sentenced next month and could face faces 25 years to life behind bars. He was convicted of predatory sexual assault on a child and endangering the welfare of a child.

On December 1, 2015, Maraj was arrested on charges of predatory assault, second-degree course of sexual conduct and a misdemeanor charge of acting in a manner likely to injure a child. He is now in Nassau County Jail and is set to be sentenced next month. Maraj reportedly showed no emotion when the verdict was read.

His attorney, David Schwartz, did not immediately return a message from PEOPLE.

Jurors issued the verdict on Thursday in Long Island court.

'We hope that today's verdict will help the family in the healing process, ' Nassau County D.A. Madeline Singas told TMZ. The charges stem from an incident in which Maraj assaulted the 11-year-old child of his now ex-wife, threatening her younger brother (8-years-old at the time) with violence should he speak up. She claimed he would also slap her in the face if she refused his advances.

She told jurors that he had previously treated her like a daughter but told her that the abuse was her fault and that she "wanted it to happen". The victim's younger brother allegedly discovered the abuse, walking in while Maraj was assaulting the girl.

His lawyers countered that the girl's mother beat her into complying with the fraudulent criminal claims, as part of an attempted shakedown of Maraj's superstar singer, says Brosh. Maraj also did not testify on his own behalf. He said they were both partially unclothed.



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