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Nicki Minaj's brother, Jelani Maraj has exhausted his appeals two years after he was convicted of child rape. A Nassau County judge denied Maraj's request to set aside his conviction and release him on bail.

In November 2017 a Nassau County jury convicted Maraj, 40, of raping his now-former stepdaughter when she was just 11 years old.

His defense team argued that the charges were fabricated by Maraj's ex-wife - the girl's mother - to extort $25 million from Minaj, who was an A-list rap star at the time.

The girl testified that Maraj raped her repeatedly between April and November 2015 while her mother was at work.

In his ruling, the judge said Maraj failed to meet the "burden of proof that any misconduct here created a significant risk that a substantial right of the defendant was prejudiced."

The judge set Maraj's sentencing for Nov. 18 - nearly 2 years to the day he was convicted.

Maraj faces the possibility of life behind bars.

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Black Twitter is buzzing about Nicki Minaj's ex-boyfriend, Safaree Samuels, who dropped a baby off in Erica Mena, but left Nicki childless.

Safaree and Nicki were high school sweethearts. They dated for years before she rose to fame as one of the nation's top female rappers.

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He contributed to Nicki's career. He is even credited as co-executive producer on Nicki Minaj's album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.

Safaree, 38, and Nicki, 36, broke up after 12 years. Now comes word that he is engaged to reality TV star Erica Mena and she is knocked up with his seed.

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Safaree is set to wed rapper Bow Wow's ex-fiancee, Erica, on October 7, after Safaree proposed to the reality TV star on Christmas Eve last year.

The pair revealed they are expecting their first child together a week before their big day.

"It’s a big deal, a very big deal, I didn't think I was capable of doing this," he said in a YouTube video. "I am excited, nervous, in shock, in disbelief."

Erica, 31, already has a son, King Conde, from a previous relationship. She didn't disclose how far along she is, but the couple revealed their baby is due in early 2020.

Erica appeared on the VH1 show Love & Hip Hop New York before moving on to Love & Hip Hop Atlanta. She was previously involved in a made-for-TV relationship with reality TV star Cyn Santana.

That sham relationship led to speculation that her relationship with Safaree is also fake.

Safaree began appearing on the reality show following his split from Nicki in 2014.

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Cardi B fans rejoice! Nicki Minaj is retiring to raise a family with her fiancé, Kenneth "Zoo" Petty.

The 36-year-old Barbie rapper made the surprise announcement in a tweet on Thursday, Sept. 5.

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"I've decided to retire & have my family," she wrote. "I know you guys are happy now. To my fans, keep reppin me, do it til da death of me, in the box- cuz ain't nobody checkin me. Love you for LIFE."

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Rumors swirled that Minaj married Petty in a civil ceremony recently. But she dismissed the rumors.

The couple initially dated when they were both teenagers in Queens, NY. He served seven years in prison for first-degree manslaughter and was released in 2013.

The couple hooked back up in 2018. They have been inseparable ever since.

Petty, who has a criminal record, came under scrutiny for carrying a loaded weapon during an Instagram Live video.

Many pointed out that the 41-year-old ex convict came off supervised probation just last year.

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