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Rocketta
Mar 11th, 2005, 01:12 AM
Lil' Kim Portrays Self as Victim in NY Trial

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By Gail Appleson

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rapper Lil' Kim, sporting prim pastels and ruffles, took the stand in her perjury trial on Thursday and portrayed herself as a generous friend who had been victimized by greedy and violent associates.

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Lil' Kim, 30, whose real name is Kimberly Jones, denied lying to a federal grand jury investigating two of her associates -- Suif Jackson and Damion Butler -- in a 2001 gun battle with a rival hip-hop group outside a Manhattan radio station. Both men have pleaded guilty to firing shots in the incident that left one man injured.



Prosecutors say that Lil' Kim tried to protect the two by telling the grand jury during its 2003 probe that Butler was not there that day and that she did not know Jackson.



During her testimony, Lil' Kim maintained that when she was questioned in front of the grand jury two years after the shooting, she could not remember everyone who was at the scene. She also said that she could not identify a photo of Jackson shown to her by prosecutors.



"I did the best I could to remember. I did not lie," Lil' Kim testified. "I'm not guilty of any of these crimes."



In a far cry from her famous racy outfits and the sexually explicit language of her music, Lil' Kim sat demurely in the witness box wearing a pale peach ruffled blouse, white jacket adorned with a sparkling brooch, and a pastel skirt.



When asked by her lawyer if there was a difference between Kimberly Jones and the image she portrays, she responded sweetly: "Of course there is. I'm nothing like my music."



She said that while she was proud of her work, "Kimberly Jones is who I am when I go home."



But Kathy Seibel, assistant U.S. attorney, attacked the performer's credibility and chipped away at inconsistencies in her testimony. She showed Lil' Kim a security camera photo of the performer standing near Butler on the street during the shootout. She also showed her the mug shot of Jackson that the performer said she could not identify in 2003.



Seibel had Lil' Kim confirm that she had known Jackson since she was a teenager. "You've seen him in the flesh thousands of times," Seibel said.



Under questioning by defense lawyer Mel Sachs, Lil' Kim tried to show she had no motive to lie. She said the men had taken advantage of her generosity and that she had broken off her friendships with them well before her grand jury testimony.



"Would you have a reason to lie to protect either of them," asked Sachs.



"Why would I after what they did to me. I'm so happy I'm away from them...they did me so wrong. I have no reason to lie for them."



She told the jury that Butler had lived in her house, never helped with expenses and had even stolen expensive jewelry from her, including a $60,000 Rolex watch.



"I was fed up with always bailing them out (of prison). They were taking advantage of me, they were stealing from me," she said.

Rocketta
Mar 11th, 2005, 01:14 AM
Ok, someone's addicted to plastic surgery and their name is not Wacko Jacko...:tape: :tape:

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~Cherry*Blossom~
Mar 11th, 2005, 01:23 AM
She has gone down hill. I used to think she was pretty and I used to like her music *sigh*

Rocketta
Mar 11th, 2005, 01:32 AM
She has gone down hill. I used to think she was pretty and I used to like her music *sigh*

and it looks like she's getting ready to get in trouble. What's up with this lie quote?


When asked by her lawyer if there was a difference between Kimberly Jones and the image she portrays, she responded sweetly: "Of course there is. I'm nothing like my music."

Cybelle Darkholme
Mar 11th, 2005, 01:34 AM
I should hope she isnt like her music what with all the rampant fucking and gun shooting and what not.

Who the hell thinks shes like that?

She needs to find someone to fix her face she looks like ass. Poor little kimmie. Bleh.

Infiniti2001
Mar 11th, 2005, 01:54 AM
did she get cheek implants?? :eek:

decemberlove
Mar 11th, 2005, 02:18 AM
she looks REALLY light. it's disgusting.

i think she had cheek and a chin implants. nose job and some bleaching. she looks like she got something done around the eyes too.

Rocketta
Mar 11th, 2005, 03:16 AM
she looks REALLY light. it's disgusting.

i think she had cheek and a chin implants. nose job and some bleaching. she looks like she got something done around the eyes too.

Yeah she's Michael jr...:tape:

tennischick
Mar 11th, 2005, 03:21 AM
she used to be such a pretty girl. remember when in "Meet the Parents", Ben's character was trying to be cool and he said that Li'l Kim was phat. it was hilarious :lol:

Rocketta
Mar 14th, 2005, 09:54 PM
Prosecutor: Lil' Kim Believed She Was Above Law

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By Gail Appleson

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rapper Lil' Kim believed she was above the law and that being a Grammy-winning superstar allowed her to lie to a grand jury investigating a "Wild West shootout" outside a Manhattan radio station, a federal prosecutor said during closing arguments Monday.

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Lil' Kim, 30, whose real name is Kimberly Jones, is on trial for lying to a federal grand jury investigating two of her associates -- Suif Jackson and Damion Butler -- in a 2001 shootout with a rival hip-hop group. Both men have pleaded guilty to firing shots that left one man injured.



Prosecutors say Lil' Kim tried to protect the two by telling the grand jury during its 2003 probe that Butler was not there that day and that she did not know Jackson.



"Maybe Kimberly Jones bought into her own image. Maybe she believed she was a Queen Bee above the law. That for a multifaceted superstar the rules are different for her," said Cathy Seibel, assistant U.S. Attorney. Queen Bee is Lil' Kim's record label.



Defense lawyers were to give their closing arguments later Monday.



Lil' Kim, known for her racy outfits and sexually explicit language, has dressed demurely during the trial and Monday she sported a pink blouse and charcoal gray suit clenched at the waist with a wide black leather belt.



The case stems from a Feb. 25, 2001, incident outside Hot 97 radio station where Lil' Kim and associates from the rap group Junior M.A.F.I.A. had appeared as on-air guests.



After they left the studio that Sunday afternoon, members of her entourage and a rival hip-hop group were involved in the shootout.



Prosecutors said some 30 bullets were fired from six guns in what they described as a "Wild West shootout."



Lil' Kim testified last week that she had been traumatized by the shooting and could not remember Butler being at the scene when she was questioned in front of the grand jury two years later. She also said she could not identify a picture of Jackson, a friend she had known since she was a teen-ager.



Seibel called Lil' Kim's testimony "preposterous" and said it insulted the Manhattan federal jury's intelligence.



The performer's co-defendant and friend Monique Dopwell also told the grand jury that Butler was not there that day.



Seibel said both women remembered many other details from the day of the incident, but both conveniently erased Butler from the scene.



"They were trying their best to deceive the grand jury," Seibel said. "Both defendants told the same lie ... it shows an intentional plan of action."



Video cameras at the station and on the street showed Butler was part of the group. He can be seen escorting them into the radio station and later standing on the street next to Lil' Kim when the shooting started.

Rocketta
Mar 14th, 2005, 09:55 PM
Lil' Kim testified last week that she had been traumatized by the shooting and could not remember Butler being at the scene when she was questioned in front of the grand jury two years later. She also said she could not identify a picture of Jackson, a friend she had known since she was a teen-ager.



Seibel called Lil' Kim's testimony "preposterous" and said it insulted the Manhattan federal jury's intelligence.


Now this is one star that is getting ready to get convicted.....what the hell kind of excuse is that. :rolleyes:

sartrista7
Mar 14th, 2005, 10:13 PM
Lil Kim :tape: Those excuses are so, so lame! I can't see how she won't get convicted.

I loved her last album :sad:

Rocketta
Mar 14th, 2005, 10:15 PM
She clearly does not think straight....how are you going to say you don't know someone who lived in your house? :tape:

~Cherry*Blossom~
Mar 14th, 2005, 11:04 PM
She better be in the recording studio right now, working her arse off because she ain't gonna be able to record music for a long time to come :tape:

SM
Mar 16th, 2005, 09:46 AM
i feel so bad for her. i love her latest album :(

Majo
Mar 16th, 2005, 10:01 AM
omg :eek: who's to say that really is lil' kim? :p could be anyone :p

Dana Marcy
Mar 17th, 2005, 10:40 PM
Rapper Lil' Kim Convicted of Perjury

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By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK - Rap diva Lil' Kim was convicted Thursday of lying to a federal grand jury to protect friends who were involved in a shootout outside a radio station.


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Lil' Kim and her assistant were both convicted of perjury and conspiracy but acquitted of obstruction of justice. Kim faces up to 20 years in prison — five years each for three perjury counts and one count of conspiracy — at her June 24 sentencing.


The former sidekick and mistress of the late Notorious B.I.G., known for her revealing outfits and raunchy raps, testified that she didn't notice two close friends at the scene of the 2001 gun battle — her manager, Damion Butler, and Suif "Gutta" Jackson. Both men have since pleaded guilty to gun charges.


The jury saw radio station security photos showing Butler opening a door for Lil' Kim. And witnesses Antoine "Banger" Spain and James "Lil' Cease" Lloyd, who once made hit records with Lil' Kim in the group Junior M.A.F.I.A, testified that Butler and Jackson were at the station with her.


Both defendants shook their heads as the verdicts were delivered. Lil' Kim's supporters broke out in sobs. While many rappers have gone to prison, Lil' Kim, 29, would be the first big-name female to do time.


Asked outside court whether she had any comment, Lil' Kim, wearing a beige pants suit and a pink jacket, shook her head and said no. "We love you," a bystander shouted.


The shootout occurred outside WQHT, a.k.a. Hot 97, when Lil' Kim's entourage crossed paths with a rival rap group, Capone-N-Noreaga. Kim's entourage confronted them about the song "Bang, Bang" from a Capone-N-Noreaga album, which contained a scathing dis to Kim from her longtime rival, Foxy Brown. A shootout erupted, leaving one man injured and more than two dozen rounds fired.


The shooting took place outside the same station where the posses of 50 Cent and The Game traded bullets last week. No arrests have been made in that shooting, which left one of Game's henchmen wounded in the leg.


Assistant U.S. Attorney Cathy Seibel told jurors that the 4-foot-11 Lil' Kim, born Kimberly Jones, had repeatedly lied to them, just as she did to the grand jury. The prosecutor belittled the defense claim that the sunglasses-wearing Lil' Kim didn't notice her two close friends at the scene of the crime.


"You would have to believe they were magic sunglasses that only block out your friends who were shooting people," Seibel told the jury.


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.


Lil' Kim testified that after the shooting she had a falling out with Butler, Banger and Cease because they were freeloading at her New Jersey town house. She said she decided to cut off Butler completely after he caused a ruckus outside a video shoot with Phil Collins (news).


"I was just fed up," she said on the stand. "They were taking advantage of me."


The rapper also testified at length about her modest background and mercurial career, which began with an impromptu performance for B.I.G. on the street in their Brooklyn neighborhood.


As B.I.G. became a superstar, Lil' Kim became "Queen Bee," the oversexed gangsta girl in his otherwise all-male clique. Her first album, 1996's "Hard Core," lived up to its title with its sexually explicit lyrics — and became a big hit, thanks to songs like "Crush On You" and others with unmentionable titles.


Lil' Kim developed into one of the few female rappers with a commercially viable career. As plastic surgery slowly transformed her from cute around-the-way girl to glam, top-heavy pinup, she morphed into a sexy fashionista who, for some, exemplified female empowerment.


Her bigger-than-rap status was cemented in 1999 when, while presenting an MTV award wearing a pasty over one exposed breast, co-presenter Diana Ross jiggled Kim's bare flesh.





She won a Grammy in 2001 for her part in the hit remake of "Lady Marmalade." Now she's probably headed to prison, adding a chapter to a remarkable life that already has produced an accredited Syracuse University course titled "The Life and Times of Lil' Kim."

sartrista7
Mar 17th, 2005, 11:47 PM
Well, there's a surprise :rolleyes:

Kind of sad about this. Sad that Kim was so fucking stupid, mostly :sad:

G1Player2
Mar 18th, 2005, 12:00 AM
Does anyone think she will serve jail time?

~Cherry*Blossom~
Mar 18th, 2005, 12:03 AM
Her "friends" turned on her real quick.

Shame about that! Before she became a commercial slave she did some good music. I have to admit, I loved HARDCORE. It's a shame she went down hill after that and kinda fucked up in the head!

Mrs. Peel
Mar 18th, 2005, 02:00 AM
This is really sad. You have to be careful about the company you keep. Those guys weren't worth going down for....

Black Mamba.
Mar 18th, 2005, 03:19 AM
She should've sold out her "friends" there is no way I would spend twenty years in prison for anyone.

VeeReeDavJCap81
Mar 18th, 2005, 04:45 AM
Lil' Kim used to be sooooo pretty. Then she started butchering her face and nose. Now she looks like MJ after the 3rd of his 20 surgeries. She's on her way.

sartrista7
Mar 18th, 2005, 06:35 AM
Her "friends" turned on her real quick.

Shame about that! Before she became a commercial slave she did some good music. I have to admit, I loved HARDCORE. It's a shame she went down hill after that and kinda fucked up in the head!

Even La Bella Mafia was mostly brilliant. My favourite's probably The Notorious KIM though.

Rocketta
Mar 18th, 2005, 08:15 PM
I think they are going to give her a year because she blatantly lied....and it wasn't even good lies....:eek:

kiwifan
Mar 18th, 2005, 09:04 PM
A year would be fair.

But lying to the court and then the court sentences you...:scared:

Rocketta
Mar 19th, 2005, 02:37 AM
A year would be fair.

But lying to the court and then the court sentences you...:scared:

They might make an example of her for her stupidity. ;)

Justin
Mar 19th, 2005, 03:26 AM
I think she'll get a prison sentence but will be eligible for a "shock" program (similar to boot camp) and be out in about 8 months. That is, if the Feds do "shock." We have it in the NY state system for eligible non-violent felony offenders.