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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 May, 2005, 08:32 GMT 09:32 UK
New court woe for rapper Lil' Kim
Lil' Kim
Lil' Kim won a Grammy in 2001 for the song Lady Marmalade
Rap star Lil' Kim, convicted of perjury and conspiracy in March, now faces new claims of non-payment and intimidation.

Anthony Jeffries and Vincent Hart, both 23, claim she failed to pay them for songwriting and performing services on her 2003 CD La Bella Mafia.

They say the only payment they received was two pieces of jewellery that Lil' Kim later demanded back, threatening physical violence if they refused.

The Grammy-winning artist's lawyer has denied the allegations.

"They were paid by Atlantic Records," said her lawyer L Londell McMillan. "They had a falling out and now they've filed a frivolous and malicious lawsuit to embarrass her."

Mr Jeffries and Mr Hart said they co-wrote three songs on the La Bella Mafia album and performed on a fourth.

They said they were promised $15,000 (7,902) each for performing and $10,000 (5,268) plus royalties for each song they co-wrote.

They also claim Lil' Kim promised to pay them $400 (210) plus daily expenses for concert appearances and public engagements.

Shooting incident

According to their legal action, the rapper - real name Kimberly Jones - paid them nothing apart from the jewellery, which she said was worth $10,000 (5,268).

"A very large person came round to collect the pieces and they gave them back," said the men's lawyer, Kenneth Sussmane. Both plaintiffs are seeking $100,000 (52,682).

Lil' Kim was found guilty of three counts of perjury and one of conspiracy in March stemming from a shooting incident outside a radio station in Manhattan in 2001.

The 29-year-old will be sentenced on 24 June and could face four five-year jail terms.

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