Nicki Minaj's brother Jelani Miraj has been charged in New York's Nassau County with rape.

The 37-year-old was arraigned yesterday on first-degree rape and first-degree course of sexual conduct against a 12-year-old child, Newsday reports.

He was shortly released from jail on a bail set at $100,000 (€92,000).

He was last seen with Nicki when the singer shared a snap on Instagram at Jelani's wedding in August. Nicki paid for the extravagant $30,000 (€27,000) wedding as well as posting a heartfelt caption with the photo of her sibling.