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Lil' Kim 'bullied' by prosecutors
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Lil Kim has pleaded not guilty to perjury and conspiracy charges
Rapper Lil' Kim has told her New York perjury trial she was bullied by prosecutors when she allegedly lied about a shooting to a grand jury.

The hip-hop star - real name Kimberly Jones - said she was "a victim" of the incident outside a Manhattan radio station in 2001.

Prosecutors say she lied to protect her manager and a close friend, who have since pleaded guilty to gun charges.

Ms Jones denies perjury and conspiracy charges. The case continues on Friday.

She faces a possible 30-year-old jail term if she is found guilty on all counts.

Groups clashed

The incident occurred when Ms Jones' entourage clashed with the entourage of hip-hop group Capone-N-Noreaga while leaving radio station Hot 97 in February 2001. One man was injured in the shooting.

Ms Jones' manager, Damion Butler, and her friend Suif Jackson are serving prison sentences after pleading guilty to their involvement in the incident.

Prosecutors allege that in 2003 Ms Jones told a grand jury she was unable to recognise a photo of Mr Jackson, as well as saying that Mr Butler was not with her on the day of the shooting.

Two other witnesses - rappers Antoine Spain and James Lloyd, who once performed with Ms Jones in the group Junior MAFIA - have testified that they saw the pair together just moments before the shooting occurred.

'In shock'

However, Ms Jones told the court on Thursday that she had no recollection of being accompanied by Mr Butler on that day.

"I don't remember seeing Damion," she told the court. "That's the bottom line - I just don't remember."

She also said that the shooting began without warning and that she was taken away in a limousine before she realised what had happened.

"I was stunned," she said. "I was in shock."

The rapper, who is known for her extravagant stage costumes, will be cross-examined further on Friday.

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