New York rapper Nicki Minaj‘s mom could ultimately determine the fate of her son’s publicized child rape case. Carol Maraj appeared in court this week to speak up in Jelani Maraj‘s defense.

According to reports, Carol said Jelani’s now-ex-daughter-in-law’s mom revealed an intent to extort him with the child sex abuse case.

The defendant’s mother, Carol Maraj, 57, of Old Westbury, testified the alleged victim’s mother, who was then her daughter-in-law, made the comment she perceived as an extortion threat while driving her to a Hempstead court so she could try to see her son after his Dec. 1, 2015, arrest. “She said to me, ‘It’s gonna take lots of money to get out of this one,’ ” said the witness, who said she runs a foundation to benefit domestic violence victims and is a songwriter and playwright. (Newsday)

Last month, a report emerged about Nicki Minaj not taking the stand in her brother’s case.

Sources close to Nicki tell TMZ … she won’t be involved in any way in Jelani Maraj’s Long Island court case, where he stands accused of raping an 11-year-old girl — his stepdaughter at the time. We’re told Minaj never planned to take the stand, and her bro’s legal team telling news outlets she was on their witness list was simply false. There were reports Nicki would testify the alleged victim’s mom tried to extort her for millions. (TMZ)

According to reports, a 10-year-old testified this week in Maraj’s case.

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