Lil' Kim Guilty of Perjury, Conspiracy
The Grammy-winning rapper was acquitted of obstruction of justice. Her assistant, Monique Dopwell, was also found guilty of lying to the grand jury and conspiracy, and was cleared of the obstruction of justice charge.
Both defendants shook their heads as the verdicts were read in the courtroom, reports the Associated Press. Some fans started crying loudly.
"I was a victim (of the shooting)," Kim (real name: Kimberly Jones), 29, testified during the trial. "I couldn't believe I was being badgered the way I was."
Prosecutors contended that the petite singer told "preposterous" lies to the grand jury seeking her eyewitness account of what transpired outside the radio station HOT 97.
The shootout occurred when Lil' Kim's entourage crossed paths with that of rival hip-hop group Capone-N-Noreaga. Although there were no fatalities, one man was injured as more than two dozen rounds were fired on the sidewalk. In evidence introduced at trial, police had determined that two members of Lil' Kim's entourage – Damion Butler and Suif Jackson – had fired weapons.
During the course of the trial, assistant Manhattan U.S. Attorney Cathy Seibelon Seibel asked Kim why she never called police after she saw the shooting. Replied Kim: "I don't know how you'd handle it, but I just shut down … and keep on moving and don't dwell on the past."
She also testified: "I mean I've been through so much in my life, every time I go through an experience like this … I don't like to re-live it," she said.
The two defendants had faced up to 30 years in prison if convicted of all the charges. Sentencing in Manhattan federal court has been set for June 24.