The star is pleading not guilty...

LIL' KIM has pleaded not guilty to charges of perjury and obstruction of justice following a shootout three years ago outside the offices of a NEW YORK radio station.

The rapper was indicted yesterday (April 14) by a grand jury in a Manhattan federal courtroom and faces charges of conspiracy, perjury, making false statements and one count of obstruction.

Kim could go to prison if found guilty of the charges, with the obstruction count carrying a maximum sentence of ten years and the other charges carrying potential five-year terms.

Also named in the indictment were manager Damion Butler, friend Monique Dopwelland bodyguard Suif Jackson.

Judge Douglas Eaton granted Kim - real name Kimberley Jones - release on a $500,000 (£280,000) personal bond. She was charged with one count of conspiracy, three counts of perjury, three counts of making false statements and one count of obstruction.

The shootout happened on February 25, 2001outside of the Hot 97 studios in Manhattan, leaving one man shot in the back after five men fired 22 bullets.

According to BBC News, Kim and Dopwell were indicted for lying to the grand jury about their knowledge of the motive behind the incident and the people involved.

Both Butler and Jackson were indicted for firing guns during the incident.

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