Two vocalists who performed on rapper Lil' Kim's "La Bella Mafia" album are suing the Grammy-winning recording artist for breach of contract and demanding to be paid more than $100,000 each.

Two vocalists who performed on rapper Lil' Kim's "La Bella Mafia" album are suing the Grammy-winning recording artist for breach of contract and demanding to be paid more than $100,000 each.

In a complaint filed on Monday in New York State Supreme Court, Anthony Jeffries and Vincent Hart said the album sold more than 1 million copies and in lieu of an agreed cash payment, she gave each of them a piece of jewelry valued at around $10,000.

Seven months later, Lil' Kim demanded the jewelry back "under a threat of physical violence" and the two men returned it, the suit said.

"We filed this lawsuit reluctantly after it became clear that Lil' Kim believes that the music laws do not apply to her," their lawyer, Kenneth Sussmane, told Reuters. Telephone calls to Lil' Kim's lawyer were not returned.

The lawsuit claims Jeffries and Hart were hired at $400 per show and made more than 30 appearances at Lil' Kim concerts but were only paid for one. It further charges their images were used without their written consent in videos and DVDs.

Lil' Kim was convicted in March of conspiracy and perjury for lying to a grand jury investigating two of her friends involved in a 2001 shootout with hip-hop rivals outside a Manhattan radio station. The 30-year-old performer is due to be sentenced next month.


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