Hip-hop artist Lil' Kim pleaded not guilty today (April 14) to charges she lied to a grand jury investigating a 2001 shootout involving members of her entourage outside a Manhattan radio station.

Hip-hop artist Lil' Kim pleaded not guilty today (April 14) to charges she lied to a grand jury investigating a 2001 shootout involving members of her entourage outside a Manhattan radio station.

Lil' Kim, 28, whose real name is Kimberly Jones, was among four people, including one of her managers, named in an indictment unsealed today in Manhattan federal court.

She is charged with one count of conspiracy, three counts of perjury, three counts of making false statements and one count of obstruction. The obstruction count carries a possible maximum prison term of 10 years, and all the other charges carry possible five-year terms.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Douglas Eaton allowed Kim to be released on a $500,000 personal recognizance bond.

After the arraignment, Kim told reporters she had been advised not to comment. But Gerald McKelvey, a spokesman for Kim and her manager and co-defendant Damion Butler, said: "They pleaded not guilty and expect to be vindicated in court."

The charges stem from a Feb. 25, 2001, incident outside Hot 97 radio station where Jones and associates from the rap group Junior M.A.F.I.A. appeared as on-air guests.

After they left the studio, members of Jones' entourage and a rival hip-hop group were involved in a shootout, in which one man was injured.

A video showed Jones standing on the street during the shootout and then jumping into a limo with people suspected in the incident.

Jones and Monique Dopwell, a friend who was with her at the time, were indicted for lying to the grand jury about their knowledge of the shooters and the motive behind the incident.

The two other defendants in the case, Butler and Suif Jackson, a bodyguard and friend, were indicted for firing guns during the incident. Jackson is charged with firing a fully automatic machine gun. Both men are currently serving prison terms for state weapon charges.

While under oath before the grand jury, Jones and Dopwell repeatedly stated that Butler was not present during the incident, according to the charges. Jones is also accused of denying that she knew Jackson.

The diminutive Jones, who plays up the image of a sexy, scantily clad gangstress as Lil' Kim, won a Grammy Award in 2001 for teaming up with Christina Aguilera (news), Pink, Mya and Missy Elliott for a remake of "Lady Marmalade," on the soundtrack to the hit film "Moulin Rouge."

She released her latest album, "La Bella Mafia," last year.

--Reuters