LATEST: Rapper LIL' KIM has pleaded innocent to charges she lied to a grand jury about a 2001 shootout involving her entourage.

The 29-year-old hip-hop beauty, real name is KIMBERLY JONES, surrendered in federal court and was released on $500,000 (GBP277,700) bail yesterday (14APR04).

Her attorney Mel Sachs calls the charges "baseless".

Also charged in the case were Lady Marmalade rapper's manager, DAMION BUTLER, bodyguard Suif Jackson and a friend, MONIQUE DOPWELL. All pleaded innocent.

Authorities said the shooting apparently happened as Lil' Kim's entourage was leaving the hip-hop radio station WQHT, or HOT 97, and the crew of the rival rap group Capone-N-Noreaga was arriving. One man in the duo's entourage was wounded.

The indictment said Jackson, Butler and at least one other person fired guns. Police said the shooting resulted from a feud between Lil' Kim and rap rival Foxy Brown, who appeared on a Capone-N-Noreaga album.

Prosecutors said Jones refused on the day after the shooting to tell police the identities of anyone who had accompanied her to an appearance at the radio station.

On three occasions last year (03) before a federal grand jury, she testified falsely, saying Butler was not at the radio station the day of the shooting and that she did not know Jackson, prosecutors said.

Lil' Kim, charged with conspiracy to commit perjury, making false statements and obstructing justice, could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted. She could also face fines of $250,000 (GBP138,000).

15/04/2004 21:01