Rapper Lil' Kim's (search) former fiancé, once suspected of shooting at hip-hop star 50 Cent, was indicted Tuesday for running a bloodthirsty Brooklyn street gang responsible for five murders, law-enforcement sources said.
Damion "World" Hardy (search) ran the Cash Money Brothers (search), a crew of murderous cocaine dealers who held sway over the Lafayette Gardens Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant for more than a decade, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
Hardy, who sources say was engaged to Lil' Kim and was living with her in New Jersey, was once investigated by New Jersey prosecutors looking for the person who fired off several shots at 50 Cent outside a Jersey City hotel in September 2003.
"We could never prove he was ever there," said Assistant Hudson County Prosecutor Patrick Doherty.
The shots were believed by authorities to be retaliation for an on-air diss of Lil' Kim by 50 Cent on the rap radio station Hot 97.
Kim, whose real name is Kimberly Jones, was sentenced earlier this month to a year in prison for lying to a grand jury about a shooting outside Hot 97's Hudson Street studio.
Twelve other members of the Cash Money Brothers, named for the drug gang in the Wesley Snipes' movie, "New Jack City," were busted on federal racketeering charges of murder, attempted murder, drug trafficking and kidnapping.
They all face life in prison if convicted.
The murders include the August 2000 shooting of Ivory Davis, who was killed in retaliation for the turf-war murder of Hardy's brother, Myron, authorities said.
Eight of the accused gang members were held without bail after their arraignment in Brooklyn federal court.
Hardy, who has been in custody on drug-trafficking charges since being arrested at Kennedy Airport last August, faces an arraignment hearing Wednesday.