Rapper Lil’ Kim is now home from prison after being released early Monday (July 3) from a federal detention center.
The MC, (born Kimberly Jones) carried a balloon and a bouquet of white roses as she walked out of the center at 6 a.m. wearing sunglasses and an all-white outfit.
Jones got into a silver Rolls Royce and pulled into a nearby parking lot where she said “I love you” and blew kisses as she greeted a host of supporters, many of whom expressing their love with signs saying “Welcome Home Queen Bee.”
“Today is a joyous day for me and my family. I am extremely grateful and happy to be home,” Lil’ Kim told AllHipHop.com in a statement. “I’d like to thank the city of Philadelphia for the overwhelming support that I received, in addition to the staff at the FDC and all of my supporters. Many special thanks go out to my fans who were critical in helping me get through these past 10 months. I am looking forward to adjusting back to my normal life and getting back to work.”
Some fans stayed up all night to get a glimpse of the newly-released rapper.
Jones’ freedom concludes a long saga that begin in 2001 with a shootout at New York’s Hot 97 FM that left one man hurt.
The Grammy-winning lyricist began her 366-day sentence last year after being convicted of lying to a federal grand jury about her knowledge of the incident.
She was released early on good behavior
“She has accepted responsibility and handled herself in an exemplary manner,” said Jones’ attorney, L. Londell McMillan via a statement released by the rapper’s publicist.
Jones will remain under house arrest for 30 days and be under supervised release for three years.