Hip-hop star LIL' KIM entered a New York courtroom yesterday (28FEB05), where a jury was chosen to decide if she lied during the investigation of a shootout outside a radio station.

Opening statements in the perjury case against Lil' Kim and her personal assistant MONIQUE DOPWELL are scheduled to begin this morning (01MAR05) in Manhattan federal court.

Prosecutors charge that the Lady Marmalade rapper, real name KIMBERLY JONES, lied during the investigation to protect members of her entourage who were involved in the shootout outside a Manhattan station. The two defendants deny wrongdoing.

Lil' Kim is charged with one count of conspiracy, three counts of perjury, three counts of making false statements and one count of obstruction.

On 25 February 2001, the star and associates from the rap group JUNIOR MAFIA appeared as guests on the HOT 97 radio station. After they left the studio, members of her entourage and a rival hip-hop group were involved in a shootout, in which one man was injured. A video showed the star standing on the street during the shootout and then jumping into a limousine with people suspected in the incident.

Jones and Dopwell were indicted for lying to the grand jury about their knowledge of the shooters and the motive behind the incident.

Two other members of the entourage, DAMION BUTLER and Suif Jackson, were originally indicted in the case, but they have pleaded guilty.

01/03/2005 02:27