A federal judge ruled yesterday that the names of four hip-hop legends � Tupac Shakur, Eminem, 50 Cent and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs � are too notorious to be mentioned in the perjury case against racy rapper Lil' Kim.
Manhattan District Judge Gerard Lynch said mentioning the four rappers with rap sheets could taint potential jurors in Lil' Kim's upcoming trial, which begins Feb. 28.
During a hearing yesterday, Lynch decided to strike the four rappers from a questionnaire to be filled out by potential jurors after the defendant's lawyer, Mel Sachs, objected.
Lil' Kim � whose real name is Kimberly Jones � is charged with lying to a grand jury about a Feb. 25, 2001, shooting she allegedly witnessed involving two bodyguards outside Hot 97 on Hudson Street in Greenwich Village.
Two co-defendants - Damion "D-Roc" Butler and Suif "Gutta" Jackson � have already pleaded guilty to gun charges in the shooting with the rival posse of rapper Foxy Brown.
Prosecutors said they will tell jurors about Lil' Kim's relationship with the late Notorious B.I.G. � Biggie Smalls � during the trial.
Biggie, who was killed in Las Vegas, brought Lil' Kim into the music industry and introduced her to Butler and Jackson.
Lil' Kim maintains she's innocent of covering up the shooting.