LIL’ KIM has pleaded not guilty (July 28) to various charges surrounding a shooting in February 2001.
The rapper – real name Kimberley Jones – is charged with obstructing the course of justice, conspiracy to commit perjury and making false statements in connection with a shoot-out between her entourage and associates of a rival hip-hop artist, outside of a Greenwich Village radio station.
One person was left wounded during the incident.
Hillary Weston, Kim‘s business manager, was also present at Manhattan’s US District Court, where she entered a plea of not guilty on the charge of obstruction of justice.
According to CNN News, Kim‘s attorney, Mel Sachs said: “Kim has been unfairly accused and unjustly charged. She’s been wrongfully targeted and singled out because of who she is in the music industry.”
Michael Bachner, Weston’s attorney, said: “The charges against her have to deal with an alleged obstruction in the grand jury. Hillary didn’t obstruct anything. I think she may have obstructed traffic once at a younger age but that’s about it.”
He added: “These are allegations being made by the US attorney’s office purely as a result of the fact that she’s affiliated with a very well known and very popular rap star, and the charges against Lil’ Kim, as far as we’re concerned, are completely meritless. And we’re comfortable at the trial that she’s going to be acquitted.”
A trial date has been set for February 28.
As previously reported on NME.COM, the shootout happened on February 25, 2001 outside of the Hot 97 studios in Manhattan, leaving one man shot in the back after five men fired 22 bullets.