July 06, 2005

Lil Kim gets a year and a day in prison for perjury

Rapper Lil Kim has been sentenced to one year plus one day in prison on a perjury charge stemming from a shooting outside New York radio station WQHT in 2001. She was also fined $50,000 along with the sentence.

The rapper told the grand jury she did not notice two of her close friends at the scene of the shootout -- her manager, Damion Butler, and Suif Jackson, known as "Gutta." Both have pleaded guilty to gun charges.

Jurors at Lil' Kim's trial saw radio station security photos that depicted Butler opening a door for the rap star, and two witnesses who once made records with Lil' Kim said they saw her at the station with Butler and Jackson.

The gun battle happened outside WQHT-FM, known as Hot 97, when Lil' Kim's entourage crossed paths with a rival rap group, Capone-N-Noreaga.

Lil' Kim's group confronted the others about the Capone-N-Noreaga song "Bang, Bang" that contained an insult to Lil' Kim from rival Foxy Brown. One man was hurt in the shootout that followed.

Lil' Kim faced up to 20 years in prison on the charges, so in the minds of some, she got off easy.

WQHT radio was also the scene of a gun battle between entourages belonging to 50 Cent and The Game this past January.

Posted by mhking at July 6, 2005 11:29 PM | TrackBack
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