Nicki Minaj looked somber and reserved last week as she attended the trial of a man accused of killing her father in a hit-and-run incident.
The 39-year-old rapper was see exiting the courtroom in Nassau Country on Long Island on Friday while bundled up in a thick gray down coat.
During the hearing, 71-year-old Charles Polevich pleaded guilty and confessed to striking Minaj’s father Robert Minaj last year.
Difficult day: Nicki Minaj, 39, was seen on Friday as she left a court on Long Island, New York, where Charles Polevich, 71, pleaded guilty to killing her father Robert Maraj in a hit-and-run in 2021
Robert, 64, died a day after the hit-and-run from his injuries.
Nicki was seen leaving the New York court while wearing an open crimson jacket underneath her heavier coat, along with matching red pants.
She had on a black top as well with a fan-shaped cutout over her chest.
The Monster rapper wore her shoulder-length raven hair styled in delicate waves, and she covered up with a black mask.
Somber: Nicki looked more reserved than usual in a gray down coat, a red blazer with matching pants and a black top with a fan-shaped cutout over her chest
Light sentence? Nicki’s mother Carol Maraj expressed her anger at a judge saying he would likely sentence Polevich to a year or less jail time after he pleaded guilty
Nicki also brought along a black handbag, and she was seen on her phone as she stepped out of the court and got into an SUV outside on the rainy day.
The singer attended the hearing where Polevich confessed to hitting her father Robert as he walked along the side of a road in Mineola on Long Island in February 2021.
He admitted in court to getting out to check on Maraj after hitting him with his car, but he then drove away and did not call 911 to report the accident or get help.
In addition to pleading guilty to leaving the scene of a fatal accident, Polevich entered a guilty plea to tampering with physical evidence, as he parked it in a garage and covered it with a tarp to hide it after the crash.
In exchange for his guilty plea on Friday, Judge Howard Sturim told Polevich that he would receive ‘no more than one year in jail’ for the crime, though he would also be required to do community service after being released, and his driver’s license would be suspended.
Confessed: Polevich (pictured) admitted leaving the scene of the February 2021 accident that fatally injured Robert Maraj as he walked along a road in Mineola. He later parked his car in a garage and covered it with a tarp
Family: Carol Maraj told reporters she was ‘not happy’ with the planned sentence. The widow, who is suing Polevich for $150million, said seeing him in court left her shaking at the memory of her husband fighting for his life in the hospital; Carol and Robert seen in 2013
Although the admission of guilt from Polevich may have offered some closure to the Maraj family, Nicki’s mother Carol, who was Robert’s wife, told reporters outside the hearing that she was ‘not happy’ with her husband’s killer serving a year at most.
‘I was angry, very, very angry,’ she said of seeing him in court. ‘I’ll say what I have to say at sentencing.’
The sentence was also a disappointment for prosecutors, who had been pushing for one to three years of prison time.
‘Given the severity of the defendant’s conduct, we disagree with the sentencing commitment from the court,’ said Nassau County District Attorney’s office spokesperson Brendan Brosh via a statement.
Marc Gann, Polevich’s attorney, said that his client felt ‘tremendous empathy for Mr. Maraj’s family’ and that he had ‘tremendous remorse’ for the crime.
Polevich’s sentencing hearing has been scheduled for August 3.
Nicki, who put on a show-stopping all-black look at the Met Gala in Manhattan days earlier, didn’t appear to be accompanied by either her husband Kenneth Petty or her one-year-old son, whose full name has never been revealed.
MIA: Nicki, who put on a show-stopping all-black look at the Met Gala in Manhattan days earlier, didn’t appear to be accompanied by either her husband Kenneth Petty or her one-year-old son, whose full name has never been revealed; seen May 2