Calling herself “a victim,” Lil’ Kim testified at her federal perjury trial on Thursday that “I couldn’t believe I was being badgered the way I was” by prosecutors when she allegedly lied to a grand jury about a 2001 shootout outside New York rap radio station Hot 97 studios.
It was quite a performance on the stand for the Grammy winner, the Associated Press reports. Wearing a lacy peach dress beneath a white blazer, the 4’11” Grammy winner and former sidekick of the late Notorious B.I.G. frequently smiled at the jury and dropped famous names of work associates.
The judge clearly was not entertained, at one point admonishing the rap star (real name: Kimberly Jones) after prosecutors complained of hearing her greet a juror from the witness box during lunch.
During cross-examination, prosecutor Cathy Seibel confronted Kim about a war of words with rapper Foxy Brown that allegedly fueled the violence. The defendant denied one taunting lyric was about Brown.
“I don’t think of her when I write my rhymes,” said Kim. “It’s just entertainment.”
After witnessing the shooting, Lil’ Kim, 29, allegedly lied to protect two of the shooters – her manager, Damion Butler, and a close friend, Suif “Gutta” Jackson – who since have pleaded guilty to gun charges.
Kim has pleaded not guilty to perjury, obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges. She faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.