Lil’ Kim begins jail sentence

The rapper is behind bars

Lil’ Kim has begun her jail sentence after she was convicted of perjury.

The rapper will spend 366 days behind bars for trying to cover up two friends’ involvement in a shooting.

She was taken to Philadelphia federal detention centre at around 4.45pm local time (9.45pm BST) yesterday and her lawyer L Londell McMillan described Kim as “upbeat and smiling”.

As previously reported on NME.COM, Lil’ Kim – real name Kimberley Jones – was convicted of perjury and conspiracy in March, and had faced up to 20 years in jail on three counts of perjury and one count of conspiracy.

The jury was investigating two of the star’s associates involved in a 2001 shooting outside of the Hot 97 studios in Manhattan on February 25, 2001, which left one man shot in the back after five men fired 22 bullets.

The rapper was accused off lying when she told a grand jury that her ex-manager Damion Butler was not at the station on the day and she denied knowing a former bodyguard, Suif Jackson.

Both admitted that they were there and pleaded guilty to gun charges.

According to BBC News, Lil’ Kim arrived in Philadelphia with an entourage of 20 to 25 people and was accompanied into the prison by her brother, mother and lawyer.

McMillan said: “She told her mom not to cry and to stay strong.”

The star had earlier issued a statement which read: “Today begins a new saga in my life which I expect to strengthen me and allow me time for reflection. I plan to write music while in prison, read and pray regularly and will come out a stronger, more confident woman.”

She also voiced her opposition to the decision to send her to the concrete high-rise jail in Philadelphia rather than a prison camp “as discussed”, saying: “I am not certain that this constitutes fair and equal treatment.”

Her lawyer claimed that the rapper would be in danger in the prison and that he was trying to have her moved. He also revealed that she could be released in nine months’ time for good behaviour.

McMillan said: “Why should a female hip-hop artist have to spend time in an urban concrete jungle while other female prisoners are assigned to rural, suburban-type prison camps?”