LIL’ KIM was released from a federal detention centre on Monday morning after nearly 10 months behind bars.
The rapper, who was sent to prison for lying about a shootout outside a New York radio station, walked out of the j
ail looking glamorous in sunglasses and an all-white, cleavage-baring outfit.
Carrying a balloon and a bouquet of white roses, she waved to dozens of cheering onlookers — some carrying signs that said, “Welcome Home, Queen Bee” — before getting into a silver Rolls-Royce. The car pulled into a nearby parking lot where she re-emerged to greet the throng.
“I love you,” she said, blowing kisses.
Some fans stayed up all night to ensure they made it downtown in time for her 6am release.
“It was worth it,” said Shakiyla Williams (16). “She was the same Queen Bee — fabulous.”
The entertainer, whose real name is Kimberly Jones, began serving her time in the detention centre September 19. She was sentenced to a year and a day in prison, but was released early for good behaviour. There seemed to be no hard feelings from the rapper. In a statement released on Monday, Lil’ Kim thanked the city and federal corrections officials — as well as her fans — for the support she received while incarcerated.
“Today is a joyous day for me and my family,” she said. “I am extremely grateful and happy to be home.” Lil’ Kim, who won a Grammy in 2001 for her part in the hit remake of Lady Marmalade, maintained she hadn’t noticed two of her close friends — who later pleaded guilty to gun charges — at the scene of the shootout.- — AP.