A lawsuit has been filed in New York over the death of Nicki Minaj’s father
FILE – This file photo dated August 20, 2018 shows Nicki Minaj at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini / Invision / AP File)
MINEOLA, NY (AP) – Rapper Nicki Minaj’s mother, Carol Maraj, has filed a $ 150 million lawsuit against the man accused of killing Minaj’s father in an accident last month, said a lawyer from Maraj.
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Charles Polevich, 70, is accused of beating Robert Maraj, 64, on Long Island on February 12 and then driving off without calling 911. Maraj died in a hospital the next day.
Polevich was arrested on February 17 for leaving the site of an incident and tampering with physical evidence. He pleaded not guilty and was released on bail and ordered not to leave New York State.
Newsday reports that Carol Maraj’s lawsuit, filed with the Nassau County Supreme Court earlier this month, alleges Polevich was negligent, reckless and negligent when he hit Maraj in his car and allegedly left him at the scene.
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“In addition to being irresponsible and negligent, he was more concerned about running away and hiding than seeking help,” said Benjamin Crump, one of the lawyers who represented Carol Maraj, in an Instagram post Friday.
A phone message was left on Sunday with Polevich’s attorney listed on the online court records as Marc Gann of Mineola.
Nicki Minaj, who was born As Onika Tanya Maraj, has not made a public statement regarding her father’s death.
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Carol Maraj, the victim’s estranged wife, told Newsday last month that she was “very, very, very happy” with Polevich’s arrest and that all of Maraj’s children were “happy” that the alleged perpetrator was caught.