Throng Greets Lil' Kim Outside Philly Jail

Lil' Kim celebrated Independence Day one day early with her release from a Philadelphia federal detention center this morning (July 3) after nearly 10 months behind bars.

Lil' Kim celebrated Independence Day one day early with her release from a Philadelphia federal detention center this morning (July 3) after nearly 10 months behind bars. The rapper, who was sent to prison for lying about a shootout outside a New York radio station, walked out of the jail looking glamorous in sunglasses and an all-white, cleavage-baring outfit.

Carrying a balloon and a bouquet of white roses, she waved to dozens of cheering onlookers -- some carrying signs that said, "Welcome Home, Queen Bee" -- before getting into a silver Rolls Royce. The car pulled into a nearby parking lot where she re-emerged to greet the throng.

"I love you," she said, blowing kisses. Some fans stayed up all night to ensure they made it downtown in time for her 6 a.m. release.

The 4-foot-11 entertainer, whose real name is Kimberly Jones, began serving her time in the detention center Sept. 19. She was sentenced to a year and a day in prison, but was released early for good behavior.

She will remain under house arrest for 30 days and be under supervised release for three years.


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