Lil' Kim Convicted Of Perjury

Rap diva Lil' Kim was convicted today (March 17) of lying to a federal grand jury to protect friends involved in a shootout outside a New York radio station. Lil' Kim and her assistant Monique Dopwel

Rap diva Lil' Kim was convicted today (March 17) of lying to a federal grand jury to protect friends involved in a shootout outside a New York radio station. Lil' Kim and her assistant Monique Dopwel were both convicted of perjury and conspiracy but acquitted of obstruction of justice. They each face up to 20 years in prison; sentencing was set for June 24.

Both defendants shook their heads as the verdicts were delivered. Lil' Kim's supporters broke out in sobs.

The 29-year-old former sidekick of the late Notorious B.I.G., known for her revealing outfits and raunchy rapping, testified that she did not notice two close friends at the scene of the 2001 shootout -- her manager, Damion Butler, and Suif "Gutta" Jackson. Both men have since pleaded guilty to gun charges.

Witnesses at the trial included Antoine "Banger" Spain and James "Lil' Cease" Lloyd, who once teamed with Lil' Kim in the group Junior M.A.F.I.A. They testified that Butler and Jackson were at WQHT (Hot 97) with Lil' Kim.

The jury also saw security photos taken at the station showing Butler opening a door for Lil' Kim.

Defense lawyer Mel Sachs argued that Lil' Kim had no reason to protect Butler and Jackson because she had already eliminated them from her life.

The shootout occurred when Lil' Kim's entourage crossed paths with a rival rap group, Capone-N-Noreaga. One man was injured as more than two dozen rounds were fired on the sidewalk.


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