Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele

Back in August, Nicki Minaj was celebrating her brother Jelani Maraj's nuptials to his longtime girlfriend on Instagram, but now Maraj is back in the limelight, having been accused of raping a 12-year-old girl. 

According to US Weekly, Maraj was arrested Tuesday in Nassau County on Long Island, N.Y., and charged with first-degree rape and first-degree "course of sexual conduct" against a child. 

He was released on $100,000 bail. Minaj has expressed how much she adores Maraj, so no doubt she is reeling over this news. Maraj is expected back in court Dec. 9. 

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Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele is a staff writer at The Root and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats, a Web series that features video interviews with scarily insightful people. Follow Lectures to Beats on Facebook and Twitter.

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