Lil Kim Denies Allegations, Launches ‘Lil Kim Cares’ Organization

Lil’ Kim has come forward to deny allegations that she lied to a federal grand

jury about her knowledge of a daylight shootout in front of Hot 97’s New

York offices in February 2001.

"I am completely

innocent of the charges I have been accused of, and am very confident that my

co-defendants and I will win this case in the courtroom," Lil Kim told

AllHipHop.com in a statement. "This case is a witch-hunt against the Hip-Hop

industry."

As the trial approaches,

Kim is stepping up her charitable work and has announced the formation of the

Lil’ Kim Cares

organization.

"We are encouraging

fans to send letters with requests and charities which they would like me to

visit,” Kim said. “In coming months, I plan to be involved with

a number of causes, including ones for homeless and battered women, group homes

and runaway kids, all issues, which have affected me personally in past years.

I am just getting started and won’t allow this case to deter me or stop me."

Authorities claim

the shootout was sparked by a rivalry between Lil’ Kim and rapper Foxy Brown.

While Kim was not present during the shootout, she had appeared on Hot 97’s

show earlier in the day.

The

confrontation started as the rest of Lil’ Kim’s entourage was leaving

Hot 97 and Capone of Capone-N-Noreaga and his associates were entering to promote their album The

Reunion.

On “Bang

Bang,” a song taken from The Reunion, Brown laid down a scathing

verse aimed at Kim and her album The Notorious K.I.M.

The resulting confrontation

left one man seriously wounded when he was shot in the back.

Police seized a

security camera video tape that captured the incident. They claim that as Kim’s

Limo started to pull away, it paused quickly and allowed several men to jump

in before speeding off.

Lil’ Kim was indicted

for perjury and obstruction of justice. The case goes to trial Feb. 28, 2005.

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