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7/28/2004 6:29:21 PM
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Female rapper Lil' Kim's business manager has become a defendant in the case against the hip-hop artist, who faces trial for lying about a 2001 shootout involving members of her entourage, a prosecutor said on Wednesday.
Hillary Weston, 49, was added to an expanded indictment issued earlier this month, Daniel Gitner, assistant U.S. attorney, told the federal judge in the case.
Weston is charged with two obstruction of justice counts for withholding documents from a grand jury investigation of the shooting. If convicted of both counts, she could face up to 30 years in prison.
Weston appeared at a hearing in Manhattan federal court along with Lil' Kim, who sported a low cut brown suit jacket without a blouse. Weston, Kim and two other co-defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Lil' Kim, 28, whose real name is Kimberly Jones, was first indicted in April for lying to a grand jury investigating a 2001 shootout involving members of her entourage outside a Manhattan radio station.
She is charged with one count of conspiracy, three counts of perjury, three counts of making false statements and one count of obstruction. The obstruction count carries a maximum prison term of 10 years and all the other charges carry possible five-year terms.
Lil' Kim had been scheduled to go on trial November 15, but U.S. District Judge Gerard Lynch delayed the case until February 28 to give the defense lawyers more time to prepare.
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