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Lil’ Kim barred from St. Kitts concert

She's not allowed to leave U.S. due to federal perjury charges.
/ Source: Reuters

Hip-hop artist Lil’ Kim will be a no-show at the St. Kitts Music Festival next week thanks to a judge’s order Friday barring the performer from leaving the country while facing federal perjury charges.

U.S. District Judge Gerard Lynch said the performer might be too tempted to stay in the Caribbean rather than return to the United States to face her Nov. 15 trial.

“People under indictment don’t usually get to leave the United States...once they get out they never come back,” he said.

Lil’ Kim, 28, whose real name is Kimberly Jones, was indicted in April for lying to a grand jury investigating a 2001 shootout involving members of her entourage outside a Manhattan radio station.

Although she can continue to perform in the United States, her bail conditions required that she give up her passport.

Her lawyer Mel Sachs told Lynch that his client, who was scheduled to appear at the festival on June 26, would not be a flight risk because she is a well-known performer.

“Tell that to Roman Polanski,” Lynch said, referring to the film director who fled the United States in 1977 to avoid sex charges. “Just because you’re a celebrity doesn’t mean you don’t jump bail and leave the country.”

Lil’ Kim 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.