The estranged wife of Nicki Minaj’s older brother took the stand for the second day on Friday as she testified against her ex in his rape trial.
Jacqueline Robinson said that she and Jelani Maraj had the perfect relationship, until she learned that her husband, 38, had allegedly been raping her 11-year-old daughter.
‘I used to call us the black Brady Bunch,’ Robinson said on the stand as she testified at Nassau County Court on Thursday.
‘We blended our family. I loved him. Finding out about these accusations – it hurt.’
One day prior, Robinson testified that she had no idea anything was wrong until her daughter started retreating into herself in the weeks before her wedding to Maraj.
Nicki Minaj had not commented on the case and it appears that the rapper will not be testifying on her brother’s behalf, this despite claims made by his lawyer to the contrary.
Going in: Jelani Maraj, 38, was back in court this week in Nassau County for his rape trial after being accused of have sexual relations with his stepdaughter, 11, in 2015
Family:The trial resumes next week with the victim taking the stand, while Nicki Minaj will reportedly not be testifying in her brother’s defense (Nicki and Jelani above)
Maraj and Robinson were married in August 2015 in a wedding Minaj paid for, heading off soon after on a honeymoon Minaj paid for as well for her brother and his bride.
Four months into the union things took a devastating turn though when Maraj was arrested on a charge of rape.
That was revealed when the victim’s younger brother told a school counselor he saw his step-father and his sister in the basement, with the older man’s genitals pressed against the child.
Robinson testified on Wednesday that in hindsight, her daughter’s distress was quite evident in the months before the wedding according to Newsday.
It was hard to tell at the time though said Robinson because when she asked the child what was bothering her she ‘would just put her head down.’
The accomplished young pupil also began ti withdraw and become far less social her mother said on the stand.
Robinson, 45, was also forced to admit to her own struggles with drinking and multiple incidents in which she used what some might consider excessive force on her children, beating them with a screwdriver, a shoe and even a phone charger.
Prosecutors are arguing that for eight months, Maraj made his stepdaughter an ‘indentured sexual object,’ ad engaged with intercourse with her up until the day before his arrest.
Blind eye: One day prior, Robinson testified that she had no idea anything was wrong until her daughter started retreating into herself in the weeks before her wedding (Robinson and Marraj with Minaj)
Among the evidence they have is a pair of the girl’s underwear with DNA matching the defendant.
A doctor called to the stand by the prosecution earlier this week also testified that the young girl’s medical exams showed tears that were consistent with penetration.
Maraj’s legal team claims this is nothing but a shakedown, and that Robinson is looking to get her hands on Minaj’s millions by getting her son and daughter to lie.
He is facing four charges including a felony count of Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child that carries a 10 to 20 year minimum sentence as a first-time offender if he is found guilty.
There are also two felony counts for Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child and a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child.
The trial resumes next week, with the young victim next to take the stand.