Jacqueline Maraj is the wife of Jelani Maraj, the elder brother of famous rapper Nicki Minaj. The couple got married in 2015, but there was trouble in paradise a few months into their marriage. Jelani was accused of raping his wife’s daughter, who was 11 years old. Maraj’s stepdaughter claimed that he started the assaults his relationship with her mother began to sour. Jacqueline has been accused of faking the case to extort money from her then-sister-in-law Nicki Minaj. The child rape case was concluded in 2020, and the rapper’s brother was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.
Please keep reading to find out more about the life of Jacqueline Maraj and the husband who defiled her daughter.
Jacqueline Maraj and Daughter
Jacqueline came to the spotlight when she married Nicki Minaj’s elder brother in 2015. Jacqueline has a son and a daughter who was aged 11 when she got married. Jacqueline said the couple had the perfect marriage until he raped his stepdaughter. According to Jaqueline’s daughter, Maraj assaulted her several times for eight months in 2015.
Jacqueline faced a rough time when Maraj’s lawyer accused her of concocting the rape allegations to get his famous sister to give her $25 million to do away with the case. More accusations arose about her marrying Maraj only to get Nicki Minaj’s money since she envied her.
Justice was served in early 2020 when the accused, Maraj, was sentenced to 25 years to life imprisonment.
Jelani Maraj Lawsuit
Maraj and Nicki were born in Trinidad and Tobago and grew up in the Caribbean. Their father had a drug and alcohol addiction and a violent temper. He burned down their house in 1987, forcing the siblings to go live with their grandmother in their home country in Saint James. Their mother moved to New York City only for her children to join her in Queens when Maraj was 10.
Maraj married Jacqueline in 2015. In 2017, he was convicted of sexually abusing his stepdaughter when she was 11. Jacqueline’s daughter, who remains unnamed, bravely took to the stand and narrated what her stepdad did to her when their mother was away. Maraj repeatedly raped and sodomized her from April 2015 while still married to her mother.
According to the victim, Maraj threatened her brother, who was eight years old, when he walked in on Maraj assaulting her. He told the children that he would take them away from their mother and have them sent away. As a result, the girl told her brother to stay quiet about the abuse.
According to reports, Nicki Minaj was set to testify at her brother’s trial, but she didn’t. Maraj’s attorney accused Jacqueline of forcing her children to lie about the abuse to extort $25 from the rapper.
Prosecutors said DNA evidence supported the allegations. In January 2020, Maraj was found guilty of predatory sexual assault. He is serving a sentence of 25 years to life in prison.
Unfortunately, a perfect marriage can end due to careless mistakes on one partner’s side. What started as an ideal union for Jacqueline turned into a nightmare when her then-husband decided to defile their daughter.