Lil' Kim is indicted over shootout with rival. She's accused of lying to investigators and obstructing justice

By Gary Susman
Updated May 01, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT
Lil' Kim: AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

According to federal investigators, Lil’ Kim told some lil’ white lies about a shooting involving her posseand that of a rival rapper on the sidewalk in front of a Manhattan radio station in February 2001. Federal grand jurors indicted Kim on Wednesday on eight counts of perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying about the involvement of her entourage in the shooting. Kim, who knew the indictment was coming, surrendered to authorities for arraignment on Wednesday at a Manhattan courthouse, the Associated Press reports. The rapper pleaded innocent to the charges, which her attorney Mel Sachs called ”baseless,” and was freed on $500,000 bond.

The shootout, which took place as Kim and her crew were leaving New York’s Hot 97 radio station as rapper Capone (of Capone-N-Noreaga) and his entourage were entering, is believed to have stemmed from the ongoing feud between Kim and fellow rap diva Foxy Brown, who had been trading insults on records in the months before the incident. Brown had most recently dissed Kim on a track on Capone-N-Noreaga’s CD ”The Reunion.” According to the indictment, which is posted online at The Smoking Gun, Kim’s manager Damon ”D-Roc” Butler and bodyguard Suif ”C-Gutta” Jackson opened fire on the Capone crew, one of whom, Efrain Ocasio, was hit in the back. (He was treated at a hospital and released with the slug still between his shoulder blades, the New York Post reports.) Kim initially denied to police that she was even at the scene, though security camera footage shows her jumping into a stretch limo once the gunfire erupted, the Post reports. According to the indictment, Kim testified to federal grand jurors several times about the incident, denying each time that Butler had been present or that she even knew Jackson. Both men were also indicted, as was Kim pal Monique ”Mo Betta” Dopwell, who was also present that day, according to the court papers. Kim’s attorneys have not commented on the charges.

Reuters reports that Kim (real name: Kimberly Jones) is charged with one count of conspiracy, three counts of perjury, three counts of making false statements, and one count of obstruction. The obstruction count could land Kim in prison for up to 10 years, while the other counts carry potential five-year terms.