New York police are searching for a man accused of luring a 12-year-old girl into his car after promising her a meeting with rapper Nicki Minaj.

The victim and two friends were approached by a black male, posing as a modelling scout, in the hip-hop star's native Queens on Sunday (13Oct13), and he convinced the pretty pre-teen to hop in his Suv (Sports Utility Vehicle) as her pals left.

He is then accused of exposing himself and sexually assaulting the youngster.

She managed to escape and reported the incident to police, before receiving treatment at a local hospital.

Cops are now calling for any information leading to the arrest of the suspect, who has been described as a six-foot (1.83 metre) tall, 200 pound (90.7 kilogram) black male in his 20s.