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Hip-hop star faces perjury trial
Lil' Kim
Lil' Kim has denied the charges
Rapper Lil' Kim is to go on trial on charges that she lied to a grand jury investigating a shooting in New York.

A date of 15 November has been set by a federal judge hearing the case over an incident involving her entourage in 2001 in which a man was hurt.

Lil' Kim, 28, real name Kimberly Jones, denies conspiracy, perjury, making false statements and obstruction.

She could face a possible jail term of up to 10 years, but her lawyer, Mel Sachs, said: "Kim is not a criminal."

US District Judge Gerard Lynch said the trial would last until about 6 December.

Incident

Ms Jones is among four people, including one of her managers, named in an indictment in Manhattan federal court.

The charges stem from an incident in February 2001 outside Hot 97 radio station, where Ms Jones and associates from rap group Junior Mafia had appeared as guests.

Ms Jones, who is known for her extravagant stage costumes, and her friend Monique Dopwell were indicted for lying to the grand jury about their knowledge of the shooters and the motive behind the incident.

The two other defendants, Damion Butler, a manager, and bodyguard Suif Jackson, were indicted for firing guns. Both men are currently serving prison terms for state weapons charges.

Ms Jones' lawyer, Mr Sachs, said his client was innocent of the charges.

He said: "These charges have been extracted out of context, magnified out of proportion.

"She's been singled out and used because of who she is in the music industry."


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