LIL’ KIM is facing further legal action with new claims of non-payment and intimidation.
The rapper, who was convicted of perjury and conspiracy in March, is now facing allegations from Anthony Jefferies and Vincent Hart, who both claim that she failed to pay them for songwriting and performing services on her 2003 release ’La Bella Mafia’.
The pair say that the only payment they received was two pieces of jewellery that Lil’ Kim later demanded back.
The star’s lawyer L Londell McMillan has denied the allegations, saying: “They were paid by Atlantic Records. They had a falling out and now they’ve filed a frivolous and malicious lawsuit to embarrass her.”
According to BBC News, Jeffries and Hart both claim that they co-wrote three songs on ’La Bella Mafia’, and performed on a fourth.
The pair say that they were promised $15,000 (£7,902) each for performing and $10,000 (£5,268) plus royalties for each song they co-wrote.
Lil’ Kim is also alleged to have promised to pay them $400 (£210) plus daily expenses for concert appearances and public engagements.
The rapper – real name Kimberly Jones – paid them nothing apart from the jewellery, according to the pair’s legal action, which she said was worth $10,000 (£5,268).
The men’s lawyer, Kenneth Sussmane, said: “A very large person came round to collect the pieces and they gave them back.”
Both Jeffries and Hart are seeking $100,000 (£52,682).
As previously reported on NME.COM, Lil’ Kim was convicted of perjury on March 17 in New York.
The charges stemmed from her connection with a shoot out between her entourage and associates of a rival hip-hop artist outside New York radio station Hot 97 in 2001.
Prosecutors alleged that the singer lied to them during their investigation and during grand jury testimony.
The singer beat the obstruction of justice charge, but was found guilty on three counts of perjury and one conspiracy charge. Lil’ Kim will be sentenced on June 24 and faces up to five years in jail for each count.