NEW YORK - A worker at a Manhattan club that hosted a party for rapper Lil' Kim viciously beat one her fans with a steel pipe, then dragged the unconscious victim across the floor and slashed her throat, a prosecutor said Monday at the defendant's murder arraignment.
The bar worker, Syed Rahman, 24, remained jailed without bail after pleading not guilty to second-degree murder in state Supreme Court.
Rahman, whose job included keeping the bar stocked, is accused of killing Ingrid Rivera, 24, on Aug. 4 during the Lil' Kim birthday party that she had paid to attend.
Assistant District Attorney Anne Schwartz told Justice Lewis Bart Stone that Rahman admitted to the crime on videotape. Defense lawyer Peter Frankel said he had not seen the "so-called confession," and therefore could not comment on it.
Rahman then used the freight elevator to take her to the roof, where he "viciously beat" her, the prosecutor said.
"He struck her over the head" with a steel pipe, Schwartz said. "She spun around and fell down on the ground unconscious. She was beaten until her skull was fractured. Her head was split open. She was then dragged across the floor to the elevator. He beat her some more. Then her throat was cut so deeply that her jugular vein was severed."
The prosecutor said Rahman then fled the club, text messaging his boss, "I've gotta go."
"Her body lay there three days because nobody else had access to the area," Schwartz said.
Frankel also said he questioned the way police took a statement from his client. He said Rahman had tried to end the interrogation but police persisted.