Rapper Lil’ Kim struck back yesterday (July 18) at a trial witness who helped to secure her false-statements conviction and yearlong prison sentence, filing a lawsuit accusing the witness of unlawfully using her name and image to promote a DVD.
In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, she accuses James “Lil’ Cease” Lloyd of preparing to release a DVD entitled, “The Chronicles of Junior M.A.F.I.A. Part II: Reloaded.”
She says the DVD, like a predecessor, was unauthorized and improperly uses her name, image and likeness, amounting to false advertising and false endorsement. She’s seeking $6 million in damages.
She also says Lloyd has announced publicly that the DVD will include interviews with him and other members of the Junior M.A.F.I.A. group explaining their involvement with her trial.
Lil’ Kim, whose real name is Kimberly Jones, was recently convicted after she told a grand jury that she didn’t see her manager and a friend at the scene of a 2001 gunfight outside New York radio station WQHT (Hot 97). A man was injured in the shootout.
Lloyd and Antoine “Banger” Spain, Brooklyn rappers who once teamed with Lil’ Kim in the Junior M.A.F.I.A., testified they saw her manager and the friend she denied seeing at the radio station with her.
Lil’ Kim says in the lawsuit that she separated from the musical group in 2001 over personal and business differences.
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