LIL' KIM's manager DAMON BUTLER has pleaded guilty to firing a handgun during a shootout in New York in 2001.

The gun battle, which left one man in hospital with a gunshot wound to his back, took place outside the offices of New York radio station HOT 97 when the entourages of rival rap stars Lil' Kim and Capone-N-Noreaga came face to face.

Prosecutors allege Butler and associate Suif Jackson opened fire in response to Foxy Brown's song BANG BANG which features lyrics attacking THE JUMP OFF star.

Butler admitted firing a gun, "With the intent of hurting someone." He has also pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to obtain and travelling under a false passport.

Lil' Kim - who testified on three occasions that Butler wasn't present at the scene of the shootout - will stand trial next month (28FEB05) on charges of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, perjury and lying to the Federal Grand Jury.

31/01/2005 17:34