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Hip-hop star charged with perjury
Lil' Kim
Lil' Kim said she expected to be cleared of the charges
Rapper Lil' Kim has pleaded not guilty to charges she lied to a grand jury investigating a shooting in New York.

One man was hurt in the incident, which involved members of her entourage, outside a radio station in 2001.

Lil' Kim, real name Kimberly Jones, faces charges of conspiracy, perjury, making false statements and one count of obstruction.

The obstruction count carries a maximum prison term of 10 years. The other charges carry possible five-year terms.

Ms Jones, 28, was one of four people - including her manager Damion Butler - named in an indictment in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday.

Grammy Award

She was charged with one count of conspiracy, three counts of perjury, three counts of making false statements and one count of obstruction.

Magistrate Judge Douglas Eaton allowed Ms Jones to be released on a $500,000 (280,000) personal bond.

The charges arise from a shooting outside Hot 97 radio station, in Manhattan, on 25 February 2001, when five men fired 22 bullets.

Ms Jones and a friend, Monique Dopwell, were indicted for lying to the grand jury about their knowledge of the people involved and the motive behind the incident.

Mr Butler and Suif Jackson, a bodyguard, were indicted for firing guns during the incident.

Lil' Kim won a Grammy Award in 2001 after teaming up with Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mya and Missy Elliott for a remake of Lady Marmalade on the soundtrack to the hit film Moulin Rouge.




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