Hip-hop artist Lil’ Kim, known for flaunting her jewelry, said someone stole $250,000 of it at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday — including her signature “Queen Bee” necklace.
The 27-year-old rapper, whose real name is Kimberly Jones, was on her way to Los Angeles for Tuesday’s BET Awards, where she is nominated in the best female hip-hop artist category.
Lil’ Kim was catching an 8:45 a.m. flight on which she intended to carry a Louis Vuitton bag filled with as much as $500,000 in jewelry including the necklace, which she has worn in several of her music videos. But an error at the check-in counter caused the bag to be mixed up with eight other pieces of her luggage, her attorney Mel Sachs told The Daily News.
She realized the mistake and the flight was delayed while the bag was retrieved from the baggage hold. Although some of the jewelry was still in it, other pieces were gone and the bag looked “tampered with,” said Sachs.
Alan Hicks, a spokesman for the Port Authority, which runs the airport, said Lil’ Kim “filed a report for lost jewelry, and the incident is under investigation by the Port Authority police.”
Sachs said that the 4-foot-11 rap artist was upset, but “should be commended for acting responsibly and being patient.”
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