updated 07/03/2006 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 07/03/2006 AT 9:00 AM ET
No blue Monday for Lil’ Kim – the rapper received an early release from a federal detention center in Philadelphia that morning after nearly 10 months behind bars. A throng of fans was there to greet her.
Toting a balloon and a bouquet of white roses, the 4’11,” 30-year-old rapper walked out of the jail looking glamorous in sunglasses and an all-white, cleavage-baring outfit, reports the Associated Press.
Waving to dozens of cheering onlookers – some carrying signs reading, “Welcome Home, Queen Bee” – Lil’ Kim climbed into a silver Rolls Royce that ultimately pulled into a nearby parking lot where she re-emerged to greet the crowd.
“I love you,” she said, blowing kisses to her fans.
The rapper (real name Kimberly Jones) will remain under house arrest for 30 days and be under supervised release for three years. “She has accepted responsibility and handled herself in an exemplary manner,” her attorney, L. Londell McMillan, said in a statement released by Lil’ Kim’s publicist.
Lil’ Kim, the first prominent female rapper to serve a prison sentence, was convicted of lying to a federal grand jury about a shootout outside a Manhattan radio station and began her sentence on Sept. 19, 2005. McMillan, noted at the time that she could be released early for good behavior.
Her case stemmed from a gun battle between Lil’ Kim’s entourage and rival rap group Capone-N-Noreaga. One man was injured.
Lil’ Kim told a jury that she hadn’t seen two friends – who later pleaded guilty to gun charges – at the scene. But security photos showed one of the friends opening a door for her, and witnesses said they saw her at the station with both of them.