Two months before she's expected to begin serving the yearlong sentence she was dealt less than two weeks ago, Lil' Kim filed a $6 million civil lawsuit against one of the two men who provided wounding testimony that helped secure her conviction on federal perjury and conspiracy charges.
According to The Associated Press, the suit filed Monday accuses James "Lil' Cease" Lloyd — the leader of Kim's former Brooklyn, New York, clique, Junior M.A.F.I.A. — of using the Queen Bee's name and likeness to promote his forthcoming DVD, "The Chronicles of Junior M.A.F.I.A. Part II: Reloaded," tentatively scheduled for release later this month. Kim split from the group back in 2001.
The suit claims Kim never granted Cease permission to exploit her name and image for the DVD production; doing so, as the filing suggests he has, constitutes false advertising and false endorsement, the AP reports.
Kim also alleges that Cease publicly announced plans to include in-depth interviews with him and other M.A.F.I.A. members in the DVD package, explaining their involvement in the hip-hop diva's trial.
On Tuesday (July 19), a federal judge granted a temporary restraining order against Cease, the entire Junior M.A.F.I.A. and the DVD's producer, Ground Zero Entertainment, preventing the sale of "The Chronicles of Junior M.A.F.I.A. Part II: Reloaded." A hearing is expected later this month, during which the same judge will consider whether to grant Kim a permanent injunction, blocking the DVD's release indefinitely. No specific date was established for that hearing as of press time.
Lil' Kim (born Kimberly Jones) was convicted in March on perjury and conspiracy charges, for lying to investigators and to a federal grand jury about her involvement in a shooting four years ago at New York hip-hop station Hot 97 (see "Lil' Kim Found Guilty Of Lying To Grand Jury, Investigators"). Both to the grand jury and during her subsequent trial, Kim testified that she did not see former manager Damion Butler the day of the shooting and was unable to recognize a photograph of Suif "Gutta" Jackson; both men accepted a plea bargain offered by prosecutors and admitted that they initiated the gunfire, shooting at members of rap group Capone-N-Noreaga that afternoon.
Cease and Antoine "Banger" Spain — who also worked with Jones in Junior M.A.F.I.A. — testified that they saw Butler and Jackson at the radio station with Kim the day of the shooting (see "Lil' Cease Says He's No Snitch For Testifying Against Kim").
Kim's sentence is scheduled to commence September 19 (see "Lil' Kim Gets A Year And A Day In Prison").
[This story was originally published at 8:37 a.m. EDT on 07.19.2005]