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Nicki Minaj’s mother files $150M lawsuit against driver who fatally struck her father


Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesNicki Minaj‘s mother is seeking $150 million in a lawsuit filed against the driver who was charged in the February 13 hit-and-run death of Robert Maraj, the rapper’s father.  

Minaj’s mother, Carol Maraj, has attorney Ben Crump and practice partner Paul J. Napoli to represent the case.  The suit has been filed in the Supreme Court of the State of New York.

“[Robert Maraj] was fatally injured in a hit-and-run accident on February 12, 2021, when he was struck by a car being driven by Charles Polevich as Mr. Maraj walked along a Long Island road,” the firm said in a statement over the weekend. “After striking Maraj, Polevich left the accident scene and did not call for emergency services or render aid to Maraj.  Maraj was hospitalized and died later that day.”

“Charles Polevich was not only irresponsible and negligent in hitting Rober Maraj, but he was more concerned about running away and hiding himself than in seeking help for the man he injured,” the statement furthered. “His behavior was criminal, cowardly, and immoral. Through the filing of this lawsuit, we will hold Polevich responsible for his reckless actions and achieve justice for the victim’s widow.”

Polevich has obtained lawyer Marc C. Gann to represent him in the suit, who said in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, “While the civil suit is not unexpected, the criminal charges pending against Mr. Polevich have no bearing on the civil case. It has yet to be determined whether there was any negligence involved in the accident or the degrees of any negligence.”

Added Gann, “I will add that the amount demanded is shocking to say the least and I don’t believe is in any way reasonable.”

Nicki Minaj has yet to comment on the suit.

By Megan Stone
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