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  • Lil' Kim stops the release of "Junior M.A.F.I.A. Part II: Reloaded"

    Lil' Kim has finally caught a break. The jail-bound rapper won a permanent injunction against a man who allegedly tried to capitalize on her fame after testifying against the erstwhile Queen Bee in her federal perjury trial.
    Kim, born Kimberly Jones, filed a lawsuit in June against her former bandmate, James "Lil' Cease" Lloyd. Per her suit, she claims Lloyd sought to release a DVD capitalizing on Kim's well-publicized misfortunes by using her image on the cover without asking permission. Wednesday in Manhattan, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff ruled in Jones' favor; granting her a court order blocking Lloyd from marketing or selling the unreleased DVD, The Chronicles of Junior M.A.F.I.A. Part II: Reloaded.

    Rakoff 's decision to side with Jones proved a relatively easy one, as Lil' Cease was a no-show in the civil suit against him Wednesday. Jones filed a $6 million federal civil suit against Lloyd June 18, alleging her onetime Junior M.A.F.I.A. partner planned to use her name and image to hype his unauthorized DVD on the busty rapper.

    Jones decided to take legal action after Cease boasted that the DVD would feature tell-all interviews with him and other former Kim associates discussing her perjury trial. The 30-year-old won a temporary restraining order in June prohibiting Cease, Junior M.A.F.I.A. and Ground Zero Entertainment--the company that produced the DVD--from appropriating her name, likeness and image without her consent. Rakoff's decision Wednesday guarantees the DVD will now likely never hit shelves in its current form--at least officially (bootlegs of the DVD are already circulating, per reports).
    While the protégé of late rap icon Notorious B.I.G. is clearly thrilled with the ruling in her favor this week, she might not stay happy for long. The "Magic Stick" rapper is headed to federal prison in Connecticut in September to begin serving a yearlong sentence for her conviction on federal perjury and conspiracy charges. Jones was found guilty in March of lying to investigators and a grand jury about a shootout in front of New York City radio station Hot 97 between members of Junior M.A.F.I.A. and rival rap crew Capone-N-Noreaga. One man was seriously injured with a bullet in his back.

    Meanwhile, Jones is keeping her lawyers plenty busy prior to her imminent slammer stint. In addition to her case against Lloyd, Queen Bee's attorneys are representing the hip-hopper in a lawsuit brought by two singer-songwriters who claim she failed to pay them royalties for cowriting and contributing vocals to her platinum-selling 2003 album, La Bella Mafia. They are seeking at least $100,000 in damages.

    Despite her newfound criminal status, the rapper will release a new studio record just six days prior to her incarceration this fall. Kim's Naked Truth, due out on Queen Bee/Atlantic, is the follow up to 2003's La Bella Mafia, which sold 1.1 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, and reached number four on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart on the strength of smash hits "Magic Stick," "The Jump Off" and "Thug Luv."

    Source: E!
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