April 14, 2004 03:45 PM

Rap artist Lil’ Kim surrendered to federal authorities Wednesday on charges that she lied to a grand jury investigating a Feb. 25, 2001, shootout involving members of her entourage outside the Hot 97 radio studios in New York’s Greenwich Village.

Her move was expected, as her lawyers reportedly had earlier arranged the terms of her surrender.

Kim (real name: Kimberly Jones), 28,was among four people named in the indictment unsealed Wednesday in Manhattan federal court, where she was also due to be arraigned, reports Reuters.

She is charged with one count of conspiracy, three counts of perjury, three counts of making false statements and one count of obstruction, according to the news service. The obstruction count carries a possible maximum prison term of 10 years; the others, possible five-year terms.

Kim’s lawyer could not immediately be reached for comment.

The shootout allegedly arose from a feud between Lil’ Kim’s associates and those of a rival rap artist, Foxy Brown. Brown reportedly dissed Kim in a performance on an album she did with the rapper Capone.

Capone’s pal Efrain Ocasio, now 33, was shot in the upper back. He was treated in a hospital and released with the slug still in him.

Kim allegedly told investigators she did not know what led to the fight or the gunfire, though news reports say that a security camera’s video of the incident shows Kim standing on the street when the bullets start flying, then jumping into a stretch limo.

Investigators descended upon the Manhattan headquarters of Lil’ Kim’s label this week, after which lawyers for the rapper reputedly negotiated the terms that allowed her to surrender.

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