Lil Mama

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UPDATE: On Thursday afternoon, Lil Mama released an exclusive statement to E! News, saying, "I would like to apologize to my family, friends and fans for my actions last night.  I made a mistake and it was totally irresponsible of me to drive without a valid drivers license.  My actions do not in any way reflect who I am as a person.

"As I move forward, I have learned a valuable lesson and understand the consequences for my actions which resulted in my arrest.   I appreciate the support and the concern for my well being during this time.  I have worked very hard, and I would like to continue to be a role model for young women and men.  With that being said, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will take the necessary measures to have this quickly resolved and corrected." 


Lil Mama had a little run-in with the law early Thursday morning.

The rapper and actress (real name: Niatia Kirkland) was arrested at 4:04 a.m. in New York, the NYPD confirmed to E! News. According to the authorities, she was driving a 2015 Infiniti 38 miles per hour in a 25 miles per hour zone near Fifth Avenue and W. 135th Street. Officers pulled her over, and she was unable to produce a driver's license.

After a computer check, officers determined Lil Mama's driving privileges were revoked due to a speeding summons that went unaddressed in 2013.

Lil Mama, the force behind the 2007 hit "Lip Gloss," was then arrested and taken to New York's 32nd precinct to await arraignment. Per the NYPD, she faces charges of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, violation of local law and driving with out a license.

In addition to "Lip Gloss," she is best known for her role as Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes in the popular VH1 biographical movie CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story and as a  former judge for America's Best Dance Crew. In May 2015, Lil Mama released a "Sausage" video about safe sex.

—Reporting by Lindsay Good

(Originally published March 10, 2016 at 12:04 p.m. PST)

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