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Lil Kim’s Manager Pleads Guilty To Shooting, Kim Stands Trial Feb. 28

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Lil’ Kim’s manager

Damion Butler pleaded guilty yesterday for his participating in a broad-daylight

shootout in front of Hot 97’s New York offices in February of 2001, which

was allegedly sparked by a rivalry between members of Lil’ Kim’s entourage

and associates of Capone-N-Noreaga.

Prosecutors claim that Butler

and bodyguard Suif Jackson shot at Capone-N-Noreaga’s entourage, after

words were exchanged over a CNN song titled “Bang Bang,” which featured

Foxy Brown lyrically aiming at Lil’ Kim.

On man was injured with

a gunshot wound to the back.

On Friday (Jan 28), Butler

admitted that he fired a handgun outside of the radio station “with the

intent of hurting someone.”

Butler, who was facing 15-years

in prison if he had been convicted, also pleaded guilty to conspiring to obtain

and traveling under a phony passport.

Lil’ Kim, who is charged

with conspiracy, obstruction of justice, perjury and lying to the federal grand

jury that was investigating the 2001 shootout, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Lil’ Kim, born Kimberly

Jones, was freed on $500,000 bond, after surrendering in a federal court in

New York. Kim’s attorney called the charges baseless.

Prosecutors claim Kim refused

to tell police the identities of those present. She also claimed that she had

left prior to the shooting, but reports suggested local surveillance cameras

caught her limo slowing down as the gunmen jumped in and sped off.

Also charged were Suif Jackson

and a friend, Monique Dopwell, who all pleaded innocent as well.

Kim testified before the

grand jury on three occasions, claiming that Butler was not at the radio station

the day of the shooting and that she didn’t know Jackson.

Prosecutors pointed to album

notes, in which she thanked Jackson and claimed that all three were members

of Junior M.A.F.I.A.

Prosecutors also indicted

Kim’s business manager, Hillary Weston, for allegedly destroying records. Weston

is free on $50,000 bail.

Lil’ Kim, Suif

Jackson and Monique Dopwell will stand trial on February 28.

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