Lil Kim Trial Involves Business Manager & Best Friend
Two more people are being indicted in connection with the federal case against Lil Kim stemming from the 2001 shooting incident in front of NY’s Hot97 radio station. This time it’s Lil Kim’s business manager and her personal assistant.
Kimberly “Lil Kim” Jones pled guilty in federal court this week to charges of conspiracy to commit perjury, making false statements and obstruction of justice. The charges come from Kim’s involvement in the 2001 shootout between members of her entourage and members of the rap group CNN’s crew, which left one of CNN’s crew shot in the back.
Lil Kim’s business manager, Hillary Weston, was named this week as a defendant in the federal case. Weston has been charged with two counts of obstruction of justice for withholding documents from a grand jury investigation of the shooting. She faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted on both counts.
Also under fire is Kim’s best girlfriend and personal assistant, Monique Dopwell, who was with Kim in the fleeing vehicle during the incident. Prosecutors are asking for a hearing to determine the appropriateness of Lil Kim’s contributions to Dopwell’s legal defense.
“The fact that Mr. Kaplan, Dopwell’s attorney, has been paid for in part by Dopwell’s co-defendant and coconspirator-Kimberly Jones, an individual who has an interest in avoiding blame being placed on herself – is cause for concern,” said Assistant Manhattan U.S. Attorneys Helen Cantwell and Dan Gitner in a statement.
Lil’ Kim’s trial has been pushed back from the original November 15th date to February 28th.