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Witness Says Lil Kim On Street During Shooting, Kim Issues Statement

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Prosecutors played

a videotape in court yesterday that they hope will convict rapper Lil’ Kim

of lying to a federal grand jury about her knowledge of a 2001 daylight shootout

in New York that left one man wounded.

Lil’ Kim

denied knowledge of the shootout to the federal grand jury, which occurred in

front of Hot 97’s Greenwich Village offices in 2001, after a dispute erupted

between her entourage and associates of Capone-N-Noreaga.

Prosecutors claim

that Kim told a grand jury that she did not see her manager Damion Butler near

the scene of the crime.

Videotape surveillance

played yesterday in court showed Kim standing next to Butler on the street just

before bullets started flying.

James Cruz, a manager

for Capone-N-Noreaga took the stand yesterday and described the scene.

“I heard

the rapid succession of shots," Cruz testified. "My first reaction

was to get into the building. D-Roc [Butler’s alias] pulled me around.

As he moved me out of the way, I thought it was to protect me, he started firing

back across the street…it was a pistol."

Cruz, who said

he phoned Noreaga and told him not to come to the station due to gunfire, also

testified that Kim stood on the street during the shootout and was not in her

limousine as previously reported.

Kim has repeatedly

denied all of the allegations. In a statement released to AllHipHop.com today

(March 3), Lil’ Kim thanked her loyal followers for supporting her.

"I have confidence

in our legal system and look forward to justice in my case,” Lil’

Kim told AllHipHop.com in the statement. “I would like to thank my amazing

and loving fans for the overwhelming number of letters, e-mails, phone calls

and expressions of support. It is very much appreciated, welcoming and gratifying

during my time in need."

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